What we had been hoping for is now official, and that is that Cleveland State’s Trey Lewis has officially decided to transfer to the University of Louisville to play his final college basketball season for Rick Pitino in 2015-16. It was supposed to be down to Louisville and Ohio State, but the Cards won this battle without Lewis taking his planned visit to see his hometown Buckeyes. That is pretty nice.
It's official! Headed south to be an angry bird #CardNation stand up!
— Trey Lewis (@Treylew3) April 7, 2015
Lewis is listed at 6’2 and 185 lbs. He can play either guard position. That will give the Cards a very good three man rotation between both guard spots with Lewis, Quentin Snider, and Donovan Mitchell. So looking at it like that, you were going to have a backcourt with a sophomore and a freshman playing the bulk of the minutes. Now you throw a senior into the mix to bring experience, not to mention he is just a solid basketball player.
At Cleveland State this past season, Lewis averaged 16.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in 35.4 minutes per game. His scoring average was best on the team. He made 96 three pointers this past season. Wayne Blackshear led Louisville with 60. Terry Rozier made 48. The next player not named Chris Jones was Anton Gill with 11. I would say that bringing in someone that made 96 three pointers is a good thing. And he didn’t just make them, he shot a good percentage at 42.3% from three. Going back to the Cards, Blackshear shot 33.1% and Rozier shot 30.6%.
Cleveland State visited the KFC Yum! Center back in late November in an ugly game that saw the Cards win 45-33. In that game, Lewis had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals in 39 minutes. He was 4-10 from the three point line. That is right. Cleveland State scored 33 points, and Lewis had 24 of them.
They also faced the Virginia Cavaliers on the road in mid-December. Virginia won that game 70-54, but Lewis had 18 points on 7-13 shooting and was 4-9 from three.
Needless to say, this is a very big pickup for Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals for next season. If he can fit in with the team and there are no chemistry issues, it will certainly help this young team transition into a new era of basketball without Terry, Wayne, and Montrezl. It also takes the pressure off of Donovan Mitchell to have to come in right away and have to possibly be “the guy” as a freshman.
Here are his highlights from this past season.