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Chris Lewis is still in middle school but is getting attention from college programs
There's planning for the future, and then there is this.
14-year old Chris Lewis hasn't even had his first day of high school yet, but the 6-7, 190 pound forward is already fielding offers from NCAA Division I schools.
After giving an impressive performance at an AAU tournament this past weekend, both the University of New Mexico and University of Memphis reached out to the young talent offering a full-ride to their school for his athletic abilities.
“They love the fact that he’s 6-7 at 14 years old, and has been playing at a high level on the AAU circuit for the last three years," says Milton High School coach David Boyd who will be coaching Lewis next year. “I have been waiting for that first offer to arrive … and it finally came today. I knew it was coming because Chris is that good, has that much upside and that much potential.”
Boyd, whose team has won two state championships in the last three years, also admits that if the rule permitted, he would have had Lewis play for his high school team. Oh yeah, Lewis' middle school is directly across the street from Milton High School. Looks like they've been planning something for years now.
"He’s that good. In middle school, he was dunking all over the place with both his right and left hand. That’s something special about Chris; he has an uncanny ability to use both of his hands very well.”
Just in case you're wondering, no, it isn't illegal for college coaches to reach out to eighth graders. They are allowed to make verbal offers to anyone at any age. But it is against the rules to make written offers before their senior year in high school.
Lewis' father is Mo Lewis, a former University of Georgia football star who was also an NFL Pro Bowl linebacker that played 13 seasons for the New York Jets.
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