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July 21, 2008

USI men's basketball signs Lewis for 2008-09


EVANSVILLE, Ind. The University of Southern Indiana men's basketball team announced the signing of six-foot-eight, 270 pound junior forward Jeron Lewis to a scholarship for the 2008-09 season. The Lewis is the ninth player to commit to USI and Head Coach Rick Herdes for this season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Lewis transfers to USI after spending last season at Northeastern Junior College (Sterling, Colorado). He averaged 9.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 60.4 percent from the field (122-202).

The native of Ft. Wayne, Indiana, started his collegiate career at Wabash Valley College (Mt. Carmel, Illinois). He averaged 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest, while dropping in field goals at a rate of 57.8 percent (41-71).

Prior to playing at the collegiate level, Lewis was the Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel PrepSports 2006 Player of the Year as a senior at North Side High School (Ft. Wayne, Indiana). He averaged a double-double during his senior season, recording 17.9 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.

"Jeron is a good addition to our squad," said Herdes. "He is a true post player with good hands and is an excellent rebounder. His size and athleticism will give us a presence on the inside that we have not seen at USI in a while.

Lewis joins a recruiting class that includes guards Jared Gray (Newburgh, Indiana), Brandon Hogg (Edwardsville, Illinois), Marvin Gray (Bahamas), Kevin Gant (Indianapolis, Indiana), Levi Holscher (Vincennes, Indiana); and forwards Brandon Carr (Baltimore, Maryland), Tyrone Bradshaw (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Brandon Russ (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Ray Simmons, USI Sports Information

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