Lewis to play basketball at Lansing CC
LEROY — Tyler Lewis isn’t putting his 3-point shooting abilities in the closest just yet.
The Pine River senior, who helped his boys basketball team win Highland Conference and district titles, signed a letter of intent last Friday to play basketball at Lansing Community College.
Lewis averaged 13.2 points per game and sank 82 triples. He was 50 percent on 3-point shots. He earned first-team Highland Conference honors.
“Tyler got the opportunity to shine this year and ran with it,” Pine River coach Goodenow said. “He worked hard during the offseason and earned a starting spot at the start of the year and led us in scoring the entire season.”
Lewis said he contacted the LCC coach, who had been impressed with the Pine River senior’s 3-point shooting
“I went down there, they said I was good enough to play there,” Lewis said.
He was offered a scholarship.
“I knew I wasn’t going to get into a (four-year university), or so I thought,” Lewis said. “I’ll start at a community college.”
After two seasons at LCC, Lewis will then hope to join a four-year college with two years of eligibility still on his agenda.
“They’re going to want me to shoot the ball there,” he said.
Lewis noted that LCC has a rivalry with Mott Community College.
“They’re decent but they tend to lose to Mott,” Lewis said. “Mott’s like the best team in the nation.”
In the meantime, Lewis will continue his preparations for his collegiate career.
“I’m practicing, I’m going to be going down there shooting and stuff Tuesdays and Thursdays,” he said. “I’ll work in the gym here.”
Lewis currently is on the Pine River baseball team.
“We started out good,” he said. “The past couple of games we lost to Beal two days ago an we split with Big Rapids (and won PR home invitational) We’re still a little rusty. We haven’t had too many games.”
Lewis has been pitching along with playing first and third base.
“I’m batting good,” he said. “I’m playing good at third and third. Pitching, against Beal, I was a little slow. I didn’t dogood. (Against Big Rapids) I started a game and I did good.”
Lewis said his best pitch is his curveball. “It breaks late and some people tend to miss it,” he said.
The Bucks are hoping for a long tournament run.
“We have the talent to do it, but we just need the mindset to do it,” he said.