Lewis ready to camp at Texas

La Marque combo guard Julien Lewis will be one of many top in state prospects in Austin next week for Elite Camp. The 6-3, 190-pounder has one goal in mind, to gain an offer from the Longhorns. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the combo guard in anticipation of the Elite Camp.

Julien Lewis entered the 2008 season as a complete unknown to college coaches. It wasn't until district play that college programs began to realize there was a very talented guard on the hardwood at La Marque.

By that time, the 6-3, 190-pound guard who transferred after his freshman season from Galveston Ball was well on his way to earning 24-4A district MVP honors while averaging 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

Fast forward six months and now Lewis has become one of the more highly recruited prospects in the state receiving interest from the majority of the Big 12, half of the SEC and others.

The camp circuit began for Lewis recently with Texas A&M being his first stop followed by the University of Texas and an up-and-coming SEC program that has entered the race for the talented combo guard.

"I'm going to be going to the Texas Elite Camp next week," Lewis said. "I'm going to Alabama June 25-26 as well. I may go to a camp at TCU also, but I'm not sure. I just got back from A&M. A&M was a good camp. I didn't really have a chance to showcase my skills playing on the team I was on. I was with Jamaal Branch and a bunch of other guys."

For Lewis, next week is the camp he has been waiting on for a while. The Longhorns were the first college program in the gym at La Marque during the 2008 season to see Lewis and he is ready to show the staff what he's got.

"I really hope and expect Texas to offer me. For real, I think they could. Texas is where I really want to go, so we'll see what happens. I've been there for a game (Oklahoma), so it's all about business now," Lewis said.

The most recent program to come into the picture is the Alabama Crimson Tide under the direction of new head coach Anthony Grant. Lewis says Texas and Alabama are recruiting him the hardest.

"To me, I think Texas and Alabama are recruiting me the hardest. I hear from them every day or call them. Alabama has really been trying to get me down to their camp in June and I like them," Lewis said.

Lewis, who will play with the Ambassadors AAU program in July, says he is working on the defensive side of the ball this summer.

"Defense is the most important thing I need to work on. A lot of people tell me my offense is solid and I feel like I'm ahead on the offensive end. I want to get better on the defensive end guarding the ball," Lewis said.

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