HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i men’s basketball program added its sixth prospect for the class of 2016-17 with the signing of 6-foot-2 guard Larry Lewis Jr., a transfer from Odessa Community College in Texas.
In his only season at Odessa in 2015-16, Lewis averaged 11.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three-point range (48-of-118). He scored in double figures 19 times while earning first-team all-conference honors and helped Odessa to a Region V championship and appearance in the NJCAA Championships.
“Larry brings a great deal of experience to our program,” UH head coach Eran Ganot said. “He is a versatile player who loves to compete and lives in the gym and weight room. Larry comes from a very good community college program where he recently was a part of a championship and we also expect him to bring a championship mentality to our program.”
Prior to Odessa, Lewis attended Texas-San Antonio for two seasons, redshirting in 2013-14 and appearing in 24 games, with seven starts, in 2014-15 for the Division I Roadrunners. During that season, the Scottsdale, Ariz., native averaged 4.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game and shot 41.2 percent from the field. He started the first seven games with five double-figure scoring games while averaging 26.9 minutes played during that stretch.
Regarded as one of the state of Arizona’s top prospects out of Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, Ariz., Lewis averaged 21 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 steals per game in 2012-13. He was a four-year starter at Arcadia High School in Phoenix and led the school to the Division II state semifinals as a senior when he averaged 23.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.6 steals per game and was selected as the state’s Division II Player of the Year and Section III Player of the Year. As a junior at Arcadia, Lewis averaged 25.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game and led the school to a 26-2 mark and state quarterfinal appearance. He was named the All-East Sky Region Player of the Year.
Lewis joins a class that includes guards Drew Buggs, Leland Green, and Matthew Owies, wing Noah Allen, and forward Zigmars Raimo.
2016-17 Signees Name Pos Ht Hometown (Last School) Noah Allen G/F 6-7 Pacific Grove, Calif. (UCLA) Drew Buggs G 6-2 Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Poly HS) Leland Green G 6-3 Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union HS) Larry Lewis, Jr. G 6-2 Scottsdale, Ariz. (Odessa College) Matthew Owies G 6-0 Melbourne, Australia (St. Kevin's College) Zigmars Raimo F 6-7 Madonas, Latvia (VEF Skola)