New Jersey Guard Has High D-1 Interest

Reporter Mike Sullivan has an update on a New Jersey based guard, who is an underclassman. Khalid El-Lewis had a great summer too, attracting some quality division one interest ...

Khalid Lewis-El, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound combo guard from Trenton Catholic Academy in Hamilton, New Jersey (previously McCorristin Catholic H.S.), had such a great summer that many high division one programs are showing interest in his skill level.

"His recruitment has blown up," according to one of his AAU coach, Matt Pauls. "Providence, St. John's, Rutgers, Villanova, Richmond, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Drexel, St. Joe's, Temple, Fairfield, Rider, Marist are some of the schools interested."

Pauls said Khalid's great summer helped convince many division one programs to keep an eye on his progress this year. He is a junior, a member of the 2011 class.

"He's improved his perimeter game, has explosiveness taking the ball to the rim," said Pauls.

Khalid is working on his ballhandling and his perimeter consistency to make himself an even better basketball player.

We previously reported that 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 Pauls. "He learned a lot both in the classroom and on the court. It was worthwhile to make the long trip."


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.

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