A lot has changed over the last year for Arcadia High School's 6-foot-3 graduated senior prospect Larry Lewis. After an early verbal commitment by Lewis to the USC Trojans as a mere sophomore, Lewis found himself back on the recruiting board after failing to qualify academically during his senior season. When the early signing period arrived during the fall of 2011, Lewis' senior season, Lewis was left holding the scholarship papers, while the Trojans moved on.
Lewis would go on to have a big senior season while leading his Arcadia HS team to a big 25-7 record on the season and to the Division-II state semi-finals. Lewis would pour in some serious numbers as well - averaging 23.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals per/game on the season.
Lewis has been regarded as the top overall prospect in Arizona's 2012 class for sometime, but saw his college recruitment tail off a great deal this past spring after failing to qualify. As a result, Lewis took off for much of the spring evaluation period - electing not to play on the AAU/club circuit and deciding to mull over his options for the future. Since the spring, Lewis has now made his decision for the future.
Lewis advised us that he has decided to head the prep school route this fall and will attend Westwind Prep's post graduate team for the 2012-2013 school year - reclassifying him as a 2013 prospect now and making him a highly sought after prospect.
Lewis continued his play this summer and turned in a strong performance on the AAU/club circuit, although he missed the recent Vegas competition due to suffering an ankle injury before the week began.
After his play in the recent Double Pump Best of Summer event held in Anaheim, California, Lewis received his first scholarship offer since his commitment to USC. Lewis received an offer from the University of Texas-San Antonio, who will be moving to Conference USA next season.
Lewis advised me that he was very happy to receive the offer, and that he is focused on developing as a player and working hard in the classroom to qualify academically.
"I'm gonna get after it," said Lewis regarding his academics this school year.
Arizona Hoop Review Scouting Report: Lewis is as talented a combo-guard as there is in the state. He is a high-scoring guard prospect that is capable of playing both guard positions, although he is at his best when scoring the basketball. He has excellent size for the point guard position. He is a slasher and an excellent finisher around the basket, and has a strong ability to score in the open floor. He has a very nice mid-range game, which allows for him to knock down shots amidst defensive pressure or make open shots when left unattended. He is a solid three-point shooter, but is still working on his consistency beyond the arc. He has good court vision and pushes the basketball up the floor. He is also a slick defender that plays passing lanes very well, and is capable of becoming a lock-down defender as a result of his good lateral quickness. He has a nice length of body for his size. Has developed physically a great deal since the senior season of high school, and has added size to his upper body. Gave an early verbal commitment to USC as a mere sophomore prospect. A very good looking guard prospect.