Flash forward to the 2009-2010 season. Now that the word was out, could Lewis handle the pressure and the junk defenses he would surely see during his sophomore season? The answer to this question was a resounding yes.
In his sophomore campaign, Lewis averaged 21 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals including a 19 point, 12 assist game against national power Oak Hill.
DeaconSports: Talk about how the team played this year.
Tyler Lewis: "We finished really strong. We lost in the final 4 to Christ School on a last second three but overall we had a good year. The team had a lot of injuries at the beginning of the season but we really came together as the year went on and made a good run."
DS: How do you feel you played this year?
TL: "I think I did well. I feel I got better as the year went on. I had to score a lot at the beginning of the season with all the injuries we had. By the end of the season I was able to just play my game and get all of my teammates involved. Coach Dawson pushed me everyday to get better. I think not only did my game get better, but so did my leadership."
DS: What are you going to concentrate on this off season?
TL: "I'm going to work hard to get bigger and stronger and just keep expanding my game."
DS: What was it like playing against national powers like Oak Hill and Christ School?
TL: "It was really fun. We had a great atmosphere at home when we played Oak Hill. I just went out there and played my hardest. I never felt overwhelmed or outmatched at all. I think I played well against both of them."
DS: Are you looking forward to the AAU season?
TL: "I'm really excited about this AAU season. I'll be playing with a bunch of great guys and great players. I look forward to going against the best out there and proving myself."
DS: How is recruiting going?
TL: "It's going good. I have offers from Virginia Tech, Auburn, Charlotte, Richmond, and some others. I have been hearing from Wake, Carolina, N.C. State, and South Carolina as well."