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Nick Lewis Opening Eyes on Summer Circuit

Posted on 12. May, 2010 by Nolan Shulman in Canada Spotlight, High School, Interviews

After making a run all the way to the finals in the Baltimore Elite Invitational, all the buzz centered around the back-end of Team Takeover Canada's 2-3 zone.  While the towers get most of the attention, Scarborough native Nick Lewis has done all the little things that often go unnoticed.  Whether it be locking up his man, staying active in the zone, penetrating the lane, or making a deep three from the corner, Nick has done everything asked of him and then some.  

While Nick isn't a household name outside of Canada, he's been a productive player in his home country for quite some time. 

Two summers ago at 15u provincials, Nick started at two guard for Team Ontario and averaged the most points on the team.  A team that won the championship by close to 50 points and included standouts such as Kevin Pangos, Negus Webster-Chan, Anthony Bennett, and Duane Notice.  "That summer really built my confidence.  I received first team all-star award and proved I could play with the top players in the country." remembers Nick. 

The success didn't stop there.  He took the momentum he built at provincials into his high school season.  A season highlighted by a 30 point performance on Father Henry Carr in the Semi Finals of the TDCAA juniors.  Unfortunately he sprained his foot and was unable to play in Pope John Paul's championship game.  A game they lost without one of their most important players and scorers. 

Last summer, Nick played on the Team Canada Cadet National team which placed 3rd in Argentina in the FIBA qualifiers.  This time he came off the bench, but was once again the leading scorer.   "Considering we only had one week of practive together, I thought it was a good accomplishment for us and a great experience for me.  It was a lot of fun." 

Despite his National team success, Nick is currently flying under the radar.  One of the main reasons is because he didn't play high school basketball for a good portion of this past season.  "I didn't play this season because I felt I wasn't being treated fairly.  I wanted to explore other high schools (in the United States) because I didn't feel my current situation was the right fit for my basketball career.  My coach unfortunately took it the wrong way and decision were made by the coaching staff.  I did the immature thing and decided to leave the team.  I let my teammates down which is never what you want, but I have no regrets and am eager to prove that I have learned from the experience and my decision." said Nick, clearly humbled by the experience. 

Now back in competitive basketball and playing terrific on the summer circuit, Nick should begin to open the eyes of american prep school and college coaches.  Playing on a loaded Team Takeover squad which made it to the finals last week should certainly help.   " I think we did a good job as a team.  We now know that we can bang with any team in the U.S. so that just gives us more confidence then we already had.  We played good as a team and shared the ball well last weekend.  That made it easier for us to beat teams.  I love the Team Takeover Canada organization.  I like my team, everyone is real close, and we work hard." 

So far all the work has paid off for Nick.  If Team Takeover Canada continues to do well, and Nick settles into his role as flame thrower and defensive stopper….more people will definitely begin to take notice !!!


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