Julien Lewis entered this week’s Texas Elite Camp hoping for the Longhorns to offer him. Last week, he told Burnt Orange Beat as much in a candid interview.
“I really hope and expect Texas to offer me. For real, I think they could. Texas is where I really want to go, so we’ll see what happens. I’ve been there for a game (Oklahoma), so it’s all about business now,” Lewis said.
On Thursday and Friday at the Texas Elite Camp, Lewis accomplished his goal of earning an offer after the camp where he was the top performer at a two-day camp featuring as many as 40 or 50 future D-I players. After the camp, Lewis returned home to speak with the people closest to him and make the decision to commit to the Longhorns.
“I committed,” Lewis said. “I decided on Texas because it’s a great school. The coaching staff is great and it’s a good academic school. Coach Barnes is a top coach. He’ll stay on me and help me get to the next level hopefully. The academics are really good. If I don’t make it to the NBA, which is what I want to do, I know I’ll get a good education and be able to have a good job.”
Lewis has been a Longhorn fan for a few years after following the career of T.J. Ford and Daniel Gibson. The most recent success of D.J. Augustin and Kevin Durant further engrained the Texas program in Lewis’ mind.
“I started liking Texas when I was in the 5th or 6th grade watching T.J. Ford and Daniel Gibson play. They had success at Texas and now the NBA. I really, really started watching Texas closely when Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin came through. Kevin was awesome and is going to be one of the best players in the NBA. D.J. Augustin is one of the best point guards I’ve ever seen and I think he’ll be one of the best in the NBA,” Lewis said.
Lewis, the 24-4A district MVP in 2008 after averaging 18.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists, is the second guard in the 2011 class from the Houston area to commit to the Longhorns joining Bellaire’s Sheldon McClellan.
“Sheldon and I have known each other for a while. I think he’s a good player and we will play well together. We can help each other on defense, keep the ball moving on offense and play off of each other well,” Lewis said.
The Longhorns, in fact, were the first team to seriously start recruiting the-rising sophomore in February of 2008. Last week, Lewis attended the Texas A&M elite camp and had plans to also camp at Alabama and TCU, before he decided to end his recruitment with his commitment to the Longhorns.
Julien Lewis is the newest Longhorn pledge for 2011
La Marque head coach Cedric Mason had nothing but high marks for his sophomore when Burnt Orange Beat visited him at the high school in February.
“I think he’s already a legit D-I prospect as a sophomore,” Mason said. “He’s a big guard that can dribble, pass, shoot it and jump. He’s got amazing skills. I’m just waiting for him to have another breakout game. His first game back (from UIL suspension) he went for 39 points and 30 of them came in the fourth quarter and overtime alone,” Mason said.
Lewis joins point guard Myck Kabongo of St. Benedict Prep in New Jersey and wing Sheldon McClellan of Houston Bellaire in the Longhorn 2011 recruiting class.
Julien Lewis Scouting Report
Lewis is a legit 6-3 guard and maybe a shade over. He weighs 185-190-pounds with a near perfect guard body type (think Justin Mason body type and athletic ability). Lewis has an elite level hoops IQ on both the offensive and defensive end.
On offense, he makes every pass with velocity and a high percentage of the time with the outside hand. Lewis has terrific pace, changes speeds and has very impressive feet and balance that he uses to make tight spin moves. He’s a throw back player that will back his defender down to the mid-range post and then go to a fall away or up and under while looking for an open teammate. Lewis has the ability to go right or left and is quickly developing a step back jumper. He reads the ball screen game well and is an adept passer advancing the ball down the floor seemingly always making the correct, easy pass.
Defensively, Lewis is one of the rare high school players that appears to relish getting in a defensive stance and guarding the ball. He does a good job of reading and anticipating his opponents move off the bounce and often times beats the offensive player to the spot. He’s also active as a team defender and will make the sneaky athletic play.