N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts has landed his highest-rated recruit since being hired in March.
Four-star point guard Jamie Lewis, of Westlake High School in Atlanta, has committed to the Wolfpack on Thursday, he said, less than 24 hours after taking an unofficial visit to the school.
Lewis, a 6-3, 190-pound point guard is ranked No. 60 nationally in the class of 2018, according to 247sports’ composite rankings. He is ranked No. 13 at his position.
He said he first heard from N.C. State’s coaching staff in April, when they reached out to him. He said they told him he would probably play as a freshman.
“That was key,” Lewis said.
His visit on Thursday to N.C. State sealed the deal for him.
“Everything went well,” Lewis said. “Just the coaching staff, they were very welcoming.”
Lewis didn’t play much last season due to nagging ankle and shoulder injuries. During his sophomore season in 2016, Lewis averaged 16 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game and him team won the state championship, Darron Rogers, his high school coach, said. Lewis was the player of the game.
“I think they are getting one of the best guards in the country,” Rogers said. “He’s one of those guys who is very smart, and has played on the highest level all his life.”
Rogers described Lewis as a scoring guard and called him a “phenomenal ball handler and excellent scorer.”
“He has a real strong college-ready body, can get to the hole in a crowd with people hanging on him,” he said. “He probably will be one of the better guards in the program. Plays a lot like Kyrie Irving. He has all the moves.”
The Wolfpack is making progress on its 2018-19 roster.
Lewis is the first 2018 high school recruit to commit to the Wolfpack, but it also landed two transfers two weeks ago – C.J. Bryce, who transferred from UNC-Wilmington, and Devon Daniels, who transferred from Utah. Both are scoring guards.
Under NCAA rules for undergraduate transfers, both will have to sit out the upcoming season. Bryce will have two years and Daniels will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Lewis said he is excited about the future.
“I’m ready to play,” he said. “I’ve been ready for this moment for years now.”