Class of 2013 point guard Isaiah Lewis is one of the highest rated players in the country and is being chased by some of the top programs in all of college basketball, including two teams currently in the final four, Kansas and Louisville. He has agreed to give NRS exclusive access to his life and recruitment in his player blog and will reveal any important developments regarding his recruitment in these entries.
What’s up everyone? This is Isaiah Lewis here just letting you know how it’s been going for me lately. A lot has been happening in my recruitment lately and I cut my list to five schools: Florida State, Memphis, Louisville, Georgia Tech and Kansas. All five schools fit my style of play and I’ll have the chance to play a lot at any of those schools. They’re all great academic schools as well and have great fan bases.
First, I’m going to start off with Florida State. I think [head] coach [Leonard] Hamilton is doing a great job recruiting me and that he’s doing a great job with Florida State this year. They did real well in the ACC Tournament and he’s brought the program back. Coach Hamilton has been recruiting me since my freshman year and I just never thought that highly of them but now that I see he can coach talent like [junior shooting guard] Michael Snaer, [sophomore point guard] Ian Miller and they’re other guards, I’ve started to consider them.
Coach is a really straight forward guy and he just told me that I’m one of the best players in the class but that if I improved my defense I would get better. I appreciate him giving me tips and being straight forward with me and telling me how I can get better.
Now I want to talk about Georgia Tech, I definitely like them. I think they’re up-and-coming and I like how [head] coach [Brian] Gregory put together his 2012 recruiting class. I think [class of 2012 power forward] Robert Carter (Georgia Tech) got snubbed and should have been a McDonald’s All-American, he got robbed. I’ve played with him a couple of times at Georgia Tech when I visited them and we just bonded.
When I went on my visit, I went to a football game and me, Robert, [class of 2012 power forward] Chris Bolden (Georgia Tech) and [class of 2012 small forward] Marcus Hunt (Georgia Tech) were all up there and talking and having fun. I can’t wait to see what they do next year as far as all of them playing together. I think coach Gregory will do a great job. He was a great coach at Dayton and coached at Michigan State with [head coach] Tom Izzo and he helped bring in guys like [Phoenix Suns shooting guard] Shannon Brown so he can obviously recruit. I think next year if they win then some of the top guards in [the class of] 2013 will consider Georgia Tech.
With Louisville, their season this year speaks for itself. They got guys who have gone to the NBA under [head] coach [Rick] Pitino and are in the final four this year. The main thing about Louisville is that coach Pitino really develops his guards. [Sophomore point guard] Russ Smith is a New York City guy like myself and he developed his game and is one of their best scorers right now. [Junior point guard] Peyton Siva is another guy who coach Pitino developed and he is a really good assist guy. He’s playing his best basketball in the tournament and coach Pitino gets guys to play their best when it really matters the most.
One thing that’s really critical to me in my recruitment is player development. I think differently than a lot of guys and I like to be in the gym and have the keys to the gym. At my high school, I go to workout whenever I want because I just want to get better and I want to be with the strength and conditioning coach everyday or every other day. I want to be with the shooting coach every other day and I think these five schools can do this for me. Obviously my goal is to make it to the NBA and things like that but if I just work hard everything will come my way.
Back to my recruitment, Memphis is another school I’m high on. [Head] coach [Josh] Pastner — I really like his energy — called me right after they won the C-USA tournament and he was just telling me how they’re going to be in the Big East next year and how he can’t wait to see me in Minnesota for the first session of the Nike EYBL. That just means a lot to me because to hear from a coach who just won his conference tournament and who now has to now get ready for the NCAA tournament, for him to take the time to call me really meant a lot to me.
Obviously he took over for [Kentucky head] coach [John] Calipari and he’s keeping the program at a high level. I just really look up to guys like [freshman small forward] Adonis Thomas and [sophomore shooting guard] Will Barton who are going to the NBA and I just want to take their spots.
Now with Kansas, they’re still at where they’ve always been with me. I actually talked with [head] coach [Bill] Self a few days ago and [assistant] coach [Danny] Manning and [assistant] coach [Kurtis] Townsend have been keeping up with me. Coach Townsend came to see my when my high school team was out in Missouri for the Bass Pro tournament and I got all-tournament out there.
I obviously haven’t had time to visit yet because of my high school season but I’m hoping to get out there in the next couple of months. Coach Self has always talked about me coming down there to visit so it’s just a matter of time until I visit. That’s the reason I ended up not committing back in January was because I was never able to visit them. I also didn’t want to rush into anything so now I can visit other schools too.
Now that I’ve been talking to coach Self more and the players like [senior point guard] Tyshawn Taylor and [junior power forward] Thomas Robinson a couple of times, I’m starting to get more comfortable. If I were to commit to Kansas now, I would definitely be more comfortable with it. I’m more comfortable with all the other schools now too and I’ve given them a chance to recruit me more.
I don’t really have any favorites right now and I’m excited because all five schools said they’re going to be at my first AAU event of the summer in Minnesota, I’m looking forward to that. I don’t have a timetable but I’m going to start to look deep into a decision in July or August when things start to settle down a little bit. I’ll probably start to visit schools in June and then I’ll have a feel after I take all my visits for where I want to commit.
Other than my recruitment, things have been really humbling for me. As far as school, I’ve been doing well lately on some tests. I got an 88% on my most recent one and have just been putting the work in, both on and off the court. I think that a lot of scouts really don’t talk about me a lot so I’m really trying to explode my game this summer.
When I’m off the court, I just like to chill out and watch movies. I’ve been watching the tournament lately and have been enjoying seeing all of these upsets. Watching Kansas beat North Carolina without [sophomore point guard] Kendall Marshall was crazy and I’ve just been watching Louisville and Russ Smith tearing it up. I think with Kendall Marshall it would have been a different game but injuries happen.
As far as the NBA, I’ve just been watching my Thunder, I love James Harden and Kevin Durant. I’ve been talking to James and he just makes sure I got my head on right and that I’m working hard. I try to watch them whenever I can and I saw them beat the Heat Sunday.
Other than that stuff, I’ve just been getting ready for the AAU season and I’m really just trying to get some wins. Hopefully I’ll be able to get into some camps this summer and have fun.
I just want to say thank you for reading my blog here on National Recruiting Spotlight and for all the support you’ve been giving me. But before I go, if you enter a question for me in the form below I’ll answer a couple of them next time in my blog! Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@isaiahlewis12)!
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