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May 16, 2005

Texas guard talks Tulsa

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TheHurricaneAlert.com staff recently caught up with 6-foot-4 and 175-pound combo guard Kelvin Lewis of North Crowley (TX) High School to find out more about his recruiting process, as well as his thoughts on the University of Tulsa.

"I have a bunch of schools recruiting me at this point," stated Lewis. "But I would have to say that Tulsa and UNC-Charlotte are currently at the top of my list."

With offers from Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Houston, SMU, Northwestern, South Florida and the University of Texas-Arlington, why do Tulsa and Charlotte stand out?

"I'm familiar with Tulsa due to my father's (TCU assistant coach Kevin Lewis) connections with Tulsa. When he was coaching in high school, he had a couple of players (Justin Wiggins and Kevin Johnson) go to Tulsa," Lewis explained. "And I'm considering UNC-Charlotte because I have a relative playing for them and would like to check them out."

Lewis went into detail regarding his impressions of the Golden Hurricane program and its coaching staff.

"I have great interest in Tulsa because I'm close with (Tulsa assistant) Coach (David) Cason, because he was an assistant with my dad at TCU," he described. "Tulsa is also close enough to home that my parents could come see me play."

"I also like Coach (Doug) Wojcik. He called me recently and told me he would like for me to come play for him at Tulsa. He didn't pressure me and told me that I needed to kind of feel things out with all the schools, but he would sure like to have me at Tulsa."

Lewis averaged 17.3 points as a junior and earned All-Region I honors in Class 5A and was named his district's offensive player of the year. He is ranked as the No. 16 player in the 2006 class in the state of Texas by TexasHoops.com and No. 10 by Texas Roundball.

Lewis discussed his strengths, which include versatility and hard-nosed defense.

"I feel that I can contribute as a freshman at the college I choose because I'm so versatile. I can play the point, due to my ball handling skills. I can play the shooting guard position and use my height against my opponent. I can also play the wing and use my quickness against bigger guys. So, I think I could come into a program and fill in at all three positions."

"On defense, I think opposing players misjudge me because I'm really thin and long. They don't think I'm that quick or long, and I can come up with steals or deflected passes."

In addition to attending the Adidas Camp in Atlanta, the Global Games in Dallas and the John Lucas NBA Pro Camp in Houston this summer, Lewis also has a full slate with his Dallas Slam-N-Jam AAU Team.

"We plan to play in tournaments in College Station, San Antonio, The Great American Shootout in Denton and the Las Vegas Tournament at the end of the summer," he said. "I will try to get in my visits this summer and will know which college I'm going to attend before school starts."

Lewis is also pretty certain about what he would like to study in college.

"I would like to study in the area of communication, journalism and education, with the goal of becoming a sports announcer after my basketball playing days are over."

Photo courtesy of Joe Nicola. Visit him online at JoeNicola.com.

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