Freshman Focus: Michael Lewis II (Duquesne)

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For Duquesne, subtractions are more prominent than additions in the coming season; the Dukes lose their top 4 scorers from last season, including scoring superstars Micah Mason (18.4) and Derrick Colter (17.9). This means that Jim Ferry is going to have to completely replenish his backcourt for the coming season, and Lewis II will definitely help in this regard. The 6-1, 175 lb. senior comes from St. Louis, Missouri and is ranked as a 2 star shooting guard according to Verbal Commits. Lewis II played high school ball at Chaminade College Preparatory School.

Michael Lewis II works well off the ball screen and likes to attack the hoop. He can take it all the way to the rack with ease, or he can kick it out to an open shooter. He averaged 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists per game his final season as a high schooler. Lewis II is also a solid shooter from downtown. If he doesn’t use his speed to get into the lane off the ball screen, he’ll often pull up from three and make you pay from deep. Lewis II also has a pretty teardrop floater that he likes to hit while driving the lane. Bottom line: he’s a versatile shooting guard that can also be utilized as a point guard.

Potential Impact

At the shooting guard position, Michael Lewis II will likely play backup to rising sophomore Mar’Qywell Jackson who will definitely emerge into a much greater role this coming season. Eric James and Kale Abrahamson will play on the wing, and Tarin Smith could get the nod as the starting point guard as he’s the only true 1 on the roster. But given Lewis’ skillset, particularly in his ability to utilize the ball screen and get to the hoop, we could see the freshman emerge as a point guard in Duquesne’s system. Regardless, Lewis II could become a solid contributor within the next couple of seasons.

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Grant Labedz is a college basketball superfan who loves the entire sport but definitely has favorites in the A-10 and the Big Ten. He has written for SB Nation's BT Powerhouse (Big Ten Basketball) and The Champaign Room (Illinois Basketball). He also co-founded his own Illinois Basketball blog called The Groce Report. Grant is a member of the Davidson Class of 2020. Shoot him an email at [email protected] Follow @GrantLabedz

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