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Kansas, UNC, others pursuing California sophomore power forward

By Gary Bedore, The Kansas City Star on

Published in Basketball

Jalen Lewis, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound sophomore power forward from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland, Calif., who received a scholarship offer from Kansas in April, tells Stockrisers.com he continues to hear from numerous college basketball programs.

"My recruitment has been really good so far. I feel like I've definitely gotten my name out there from last season. I currently earned offers from Cal, UC-Davis, Kansas, Arkansas, Michigan, Georgetown, USC and Stanford," Lewis informed the recruiting website.

Lewis - he is the No. 2-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2023 by ESPN.com - also has heard from coaches from North Carolina, Texas, UCLA, Florida State and others.

Lewis averaged 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds a game his first year of high school.

"I feel like I'm an inside-out player. I like to play strong inside but also enjoy being a stretch forward," Lewis said, noting he studies tapes of NBA players Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic.

He's one of the best players in a high school sophomore class that includes LeBron James' son, Bronny.

 

"Throughout his freshman season he showed an impressive combination of a soft touch around the basket and behind the three-point line," writes simplybasketballhq.com.

Lewis' trainer is Anthony Eggleton of Oakland, who has worked with several pro athletes, including Damian Lillard, Ivan Rabb and Gary Payton Jr.

"I've worked with a lot of college player and pros," Eggleton told Dillon Buchanan of Madehoops.com. "I haven't seen a kid his size be able to move like he does. He's different."

Of Lewis, Buchanan wrote: "Jalen Lewis is an impressive kid, not just on the court but off the court as well. Everyone I spoke to about him praised his work ethic. Everyone I spoke to talked about his competitiveness and how he raises his level in the biggest moments. Obviously, Jalen has tools that you can't teach. You are either gifted with them or you aren't. But what you do with those gifts and tools is what sets you apart from the crowd. Jalen Lewis has made the most of his gifts to this point and there's no reason to believe he won't continue to do so."

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