New Jersey Guard Working Hard This Summer

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story about a guard from the state of New Jersey who is working hard this summer to get himself ready for his junior season at Trenton Catholic ...

Khalid Lewis-El, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo guard from Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton, New Jersey (previously McCorristin Catholic H.S.), continues to work hard this summer to make himself into a solid division one prospect.

While many players are resting from the July evaluation period, Khalid took a trip to the West Coast and competed at a guard camp held at the University of California at Riverside.

"It was a great experience," said his AAU coach, Matt Pauls, who went with the talented Lewis. "He learned a lot both in the classroom and on the court. It was worthwhile to make the long trip."

Previously, we reported that we viewed Khalid and his individual game at the Summer in the City tournament held on the campus of St. John's University in Queens, New York.

Lewis possesses a high skill level and the touch to score on pretty drives inside the paint and near the rim. He has the confidence to challenge the bigger bodies with his offensive game.

Khalid, who also competes for boys basketball head coach Fred Falchi at Trenton Catholic, split his time between the 16 and under and 17 and under Team NJABC AAU basketball program.

WHAT TEAM NJABC HEAD COACH MATT PAULS' THINKS ABOUT KHALID LEWIS' INDIVIDUAL GAME AND PROGRESS:

His recruitment has gone through the roof. He can score from any spot on the floor and he's doing it on a consistent basis. He plays hard on every possession too.

He dunks on his defenders too and can hit the deep ball.

He is the best rebounding and defensive guard in his class in New Jersey because of his length and athleticism. He needs to continue to get stronger so he finishes better.

I expect him to land more scholarship offers by the time the summer AAU season is over. He's improving each week because he's a hard worker and he's understanding the game more.

UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES OF INTEREST;

St. John's, Rutgers, Villanova, Siena, Marist, St. Peter's, Robert Morris, Utah, Fairfield, Stony Brook, Ivy League and Patriot League schools.

CLASS: 2011, A rising junior

It's early in his recruiting process. What we would like to see is adding some strength to his frame and being a more consistent threat from the perimeter.


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