Danny Manning and the coaching staff struck again for what is presumably the last time in the class of 2018, adding point guard Jamie Lewis to an already stacked class.
Lewis, a former N.C. State commit, is a four-star point guard out of Georgia. He is visiting Wake Forest for his official visit this weekend, but went ahead and committed today to the staff.
According to 247Sports, Lewis is the 119th ranked player in the class (composite), and the 21st ranked composite point guard. Lewis had offers from N.C. State, Baylor Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and several other schools.
At 6-3, 185 pounds, Lewis is a pure point guard who attended Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia for the past three years, but has since transferred to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas.
Lewis was ranked as high as 60th in the composite rankings before dropping a bit since the summer.
When he committed to N.C. State he cited playing time as a big factor in his decision, but ultimately chose to re-open his recruitment.
With the addition of Lewis, Wake Forest now has a four man class comprised of: Sharone Wright, Jr., Isaiah Mucius, Jaylen Hoard, and Jamie Lewis.
Make that 11 4* commits since 2015 for Danny Manning. Absolutely incredible work done by the entire staff on the recruiting trail https://t.co/VbCR9PGO5y— WFU Sports Stats (@DeacFan3) November 3, 2017
Hoard, Mucius, and Lewis are all ranked in the top 100 of multiple recruiting sites, and as things currently stand, Wake Forest ranks 8th nationally and third in the ACC (UNC and Notre Dame). This should wind up as a borderline top 10-15 class when everything is said and done.
Ned wrote a fair amount about Lewis a couple of weeks ago, and this is what he had to say:
Lewis is a 4* Georgia PG product who was originally committed to NC State up until last month. He then announced he was reopening his recruitment and heading out to HS powerhouse Findlay Prep (NV) for his Senior year, hinting at a spring signing. Wake was one of a couple schools that reportedly reached out shortly after his decommitment, and also had him in for an unofficial visit back in June.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Lewis, he broke onto the scene in 2015 when he led Georgia Stars U16 to a Peach Jam title on the Nike circuit. He then went on to win a state title last year for Westlake (GA) in the state's highest classification, all while picking up interest from Kansas, Baylor, UConn, and others.
In June 2016, Eric Bossi of Rivals.com wrote an article talking about the standouts of the Nike Elite 100 camp, in which he mentions prospects like 5* Cole Anthony, 5*, and now likely ineligible, Jahvon Quinerly, Ayo Dosunmu, and Jamie Lewis. An unfortunate sequence of injuries kept Lewis off the AAU circuit for the majority of this summer, and dropped his ranking in a couple of scouting services. But make no mistake, at his best Jamie Lewis was one of the top players in the 2018 class last year, and could be a huge pickup for the Deacs if they can steal him late.
His highlight reel reminds me a lot of Brandon Childress' coming out of high school; full of tough finishes at the rim and an absolutely nasty crossover.
Check out the full article for highlight reels/GIF’s of Lewis in action.
This also means that Wake Forest is now one scholarship over for the 2018-19 class, so there will have to be attrition of some sort. The most likely candidate would be Bryant Crawford to the NBA, but there is almost always a transfer in the off-season for any team in today’s NCAA, so that will take care of itself in due time.
We will have more on Jamie Lewis and his game in the weeks to come, but for now want to congratulate him on choosing the Old Gold and Black for his collegiate colors.