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Fred Lewis Jr., Hillsborough County’s leading scorer, plans to walk on at USF
Posted Jul 16, 2010 by Scott Carter
Updated Jul 16, 2010 at 10:14 PM
Fred Lewis Jr., 17-year-old son of former USF standout power forward Fred Lewis, plans to walk-on at USF in the fall.
Lewis Jr. led all Hillsborough County players in scoring last season, averaging more than 26 points a game at Bayshore Christian.
A 6-foot-4 guard/forward, Lewis Jr. strongly considered accepting a partial scholarship at the University of Tampa, but the experience of being around a Division I program is what prompted his decision to walk on at USF.
His father, who started his career at the University of Tampa before transferring to USF, was a three-year starter for the Bulls and a second-team All-Metro Conference selection his final season in 1991-92. Lewis played on the only two USF teams to ever qualify for the NCAA Tournament in 1990 and 1992.
Lewis Sr. said staying close to home was a large factor for his son, who was a third-team All-State pick last seaon in Class 1A.
“He wanted to stay close to home and hopefully he can grow a little more and add some weight while he is at USF,’’ said Lewis Sr., now an assistant coach at St. Leo College. “After a year, we’ll re-assess where he’s at and what’s best for him. The experience of being around a Division I program and the big-time competition should only help him get better.’‘
Lewis Sr. said his son will enroll at USF when classes start next month. USF coach Stan Heath doesn’t add the official walk-ons to the roster until October.