You may never have even realized it, but Wake was apparently in a recruiting battle with NC State for a 4* PG from Atlanta. That 4* Point Guard’s name is Jamie Lewis, and he picked the Wolfpack today over Wake Forest, Baylor, and Georgia Tech. If you were unaware that the Deacs were even in the running for Lewis you’re not alone.
To be frank I am still completely unsure if he had a committable offer from Danny Manning to begin with. Nevertheless, let me break down today’s events.
I’ll start off by saying I had never even heard of Jamie Lewis before it was reported this weekend that he would be taking an official visit to Wake Forest on Monday. Rarely do a couple hours go by without me checking in on something recruiting related to the Deacs, and yet he was completely off my radar up until a couple days ago. I searched every major scouting site and even iterations of “Jamie Lewis Wake” on Twitter and found absolutely no indication of repeated connection. For a diamond in the rough 3* who doesn’t play on a major AAU circuit, it wouldn’t be that strange for him to have received an offer and it never been reported. But for a 4* Top 60 PG to just never have a legitimate ACC offer listed anywhere online wouldn’t just be odd, it would be somewhat unprecedented.
Lewis was one of the stars of the Nike EYBL circuit last year for the Georgia Stars, but has been used sparingly for the talented squad so far this summer in their AAU season. On a team that has gone 5-11 on the year, he has played in just 4 games, scored 16 total points, and shot 24% from the field. My initial reaction is he must have been playing with a knock or picked up an injury early on in the season, as it would make no sense for a player of his ranking to be relatively unused on a struggling squad. An injury would also help explain why he might be in the rush to commit to a High Major programs, while his ranking is still high and offer list plentiful.
Overall, my advice is this: Carry on with how you would’ve lived your day if you had never read this article. The Deacs are still in a great spot with a number of top targets including Jaylen Hoard, Isaiah Mucius, John Newman, Drue Drinnon, and Nate Laszewski. Missing out on Lewis doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal in the long run, and quite frankly, I’m not sure we were ever really in the running for him to begin with.