New York guard sets Late Night visit

New York guard sets Late Night visit

Isaiah Lewis wasn't exactly an unknown commodity prior to the City of Palms tournament in the waning days of 2010, but it's fair to say his breakout performance at the prestigious high school event opened the eyes of some pretty big fish in the recruiting pond.

A 6-foot-3, 175-pound shooting guard from Middle Village (NY) Christ the King, Lewis has since solidified himself as one of the top scoring guard prospects in the Class of 2013.

Of his play, Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels had this to say:

"We caught Lewis over the summer and he looked much improved this past week at the City of Palms Classic. At 6-foot-3, Lewis is a talented guard that can really score and pass. He has a quick trigger, range to the three-point stripe, as well as a nice mid-range game. His passing stuck out as well. He found teammates in transition and cutting to the basket in the half court offense. Just a sophomore, Lewis still has plenty of time to develop, but at this point he has the look of a high major prospect."

It wasn't long after that the Kansas Jayhawks became one of many schools to throw their hat into the ring with the talented New Yorker. Led by assistant coach Joe Dooley, the Jayhawks extended Lewis a scholarship offer, and the two have been in frequent contact ever since.

With the AAU season winding to a close, many prospects are beginning to set up visits for the late summer and early fall, and Lewis is no different. In fact, after a conversation with Dooley early this week, he has firm plans to attend the annual "Late Night in the Phog" season-opening festivities on the Lawrence, Kan. campus in mid-October.

The event typically draws a full house to historic Allen Fieldhouse, and the Kansas coaching staff hasn't been hesitant to pump up Lewis' expectations.

"(Dooley) thinks when I come down it's going to make me want to commit," he said, a smile evident in his voice.. "I told him 'We'll see.' I'm gonna take the visit and I'll go from there."

In describing his own game, Lewis didn't hesitate to acknowledge weaknesses and areas for improvement, but felt he'd developed nicely as an all-around prospect, particularly on the offensive end.

"I'm really exciting in transition," he said. "I can score the ball and shoot threes, mid-range game and go to the cup. I can pass and love to get my teammates involved."

Most important to him, however, is finding a way to help his team get the win – which is one of the primary reasons behind his interest in Kansas.

"They win," Lewis said, simply. "And Coach (Bill) Self, he really gets players to the next level."

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