2012 Intro: Tyler Lewis

High school basketball in the state of North Carolina is loaded with talent in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 classes. One of the special players is 2012 point guard Tyler Lewis out of Forsyth Country Day. The 5'10 playmaker already holds three offers and is getting attention from a number of Division I schools.

The point guard position may be the most crucial position on the basketball court. Great point guards have to have a multitude of skills from leadership and court vision to precision passing and scoring ability. Event though Tyler Lewis is only a rising sophomore, he seems to have all those qualities and more.

As a freshman, Lewis helped lead Forsyth Country Day to a 22-8 record while averaging 13 points and 5 assists per contest.

Lewis has picked up where he left off in high school and is having a great AAU season thus far. "AAU is going pretty good," said Lewis. "We have nine guys on the roster but have been playing with six or seven in some tournaments which has been kind of tough. It's hard to play 4-5 games in a weekend with six players. As far as my play, I think I am playing well."

"Playing well" is a bit of an understatement. Lewis, who could be playing in the 15u division, is playing up a level for the N.C. Flight 16u team. He is averaging 15 points and 7 assists so far this spring. For his efforts, Lewis was named to the All-Tournament Team for both the Southern Invitational and Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. Last weekend at the TOC, Lewis averaged 16 points and 8 assists per contest.

When asked to describe his game, Lewis responded, "I think I am a Steve Nash style point guard. I like to get out and push the ball and get my teammates involved. I think I have a good feel for the game and a good basketball I.Q. At practice I try to really get to know my teammates and their tendencies such as when to get them the ball. At this point, I think I need to get bigger and stronger and work on my defense."

Lewis has a great approach to the game and knows what it takes to be a great point guard. "I think the great point guards, like Chris Paul, get their teammates involved in the game. You have to be the leader of the team and get everyone on the same page and in sync with each other. Also, you look at Chris Paul and even though he is not the biggest guy on the court he has the biggest heart and hates to lose. His size really doesn't matter."

For his efforts, Lewis has three Division 1 offers and is getting attention from many more. "I have offers from Auburn, Virginia Tech, and Charlotte. I am also getting interest from Wake Forest, N.C. State, Ole Miss, and Florida."

Even though the Demon Deacons have not offered Lewis yet, he is very interested in coach Dino Gaudio's program.

"If Wake was to offer they would be right there at the top of my list. Wake is close to home which I really like. They would definitely be very high on my list."

Lewis also mentioned he has a very good relationship with former Forsyth Country Day coach and new Wake Forest assistant coach Rusty Larue. Lewis brings a a lot of skills and basketball savvy to the point guard position. He is a true point guard with the ability to make everyone around him better.


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