Scottie Lewis, the No. 13 player in his class according to ESPN, announced his commitment to the Florida Gators on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-4 uber-athletic guard chose Florida over the Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils and Villanova Wildcats, giving head coach Mike White a huge win on the recruiting trail.
The Gators have been actively recruiting Lewis since his freshman year. I don’t believe they’ve missed a game. Lewis played for Team Rio AAU and Ranney School in southern New Jersey. He was a five-starr prospect along with teammate Bryan Antoine, who committed to Villanova earlier this month.
Lewis joins Tre Mann, a five-Star point guard from The Villages Charter School in Florida. Also teaming up is Omar Payne of Montverde Academy, who recently committed to Florida as well. Ranney School teammate and two-star prospect Alex Klatsky will also play for the Gators in 2019. At the time of this article’s publishing, the Gators have the No. 2 recruiting class for 2019.
What Lewis brings to the table is elite scoring, toughness and in Kevin Durant’s words, “launch pad athleticism”. He’s a lean, 6-foot-4 185 lbs with a 6-foot-10 wingspan (Holy crap that is massive). He is extremely fluid when it comes to moving up and down the court. He can jump out the gym, I mean like contesting 6-foot-10 forwards for rebounds kind of vertical.
His ball handling needs a bit of work, but I feel that can become better over time. He has decent mechanics for his jumper as well. He prefers slashing and cutting though an open lane with his speed, but he can make you pay if you leave him open.
I am not sure if he is a one-and-done prospect yet. He still has to play two more seasons before we talk about that. Expect him to be heavily scouted along with Tre Mann in their freshman year.