Pitino lands a bonafide 3-point shooter

High praise from Rick Pitino for Trey Lewis, the newest member of the University of Louisville basketball program:

Trey Lewis will bring 3-point shooting to Louisville.
Trey Lewis will bring 3-point shooting with him to Louisville.

“He is a talented young man with an incredible attitude and his leadership qualities fit perfectly for what we need,” said Pitino. “He’s a point guard who scores, does a good job of getting in the lane, and sets his teammates up well.  Since we’ve played the last four years with two point guards, it’s perfect to continue on that path with our running and pressing style.”

Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard from Garfield Heights, Ohio, is transferring Cleveland State University where he averaged 26.3 points, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season. He led the Horizon Conference with a CSU single-season record of 96 three-pointers.

UofL fans may remember him on the occasion of Pitino’s 700th career victory this past season when Lewis scored 24 of Cleveland State’s 33 points in a 44-33 loss to Louisville. He connected on nine of 20 shots that night, including four of 10 3-point attempts.

“This team wasn’t going to lay down,” said Montrezl Harrell afterwards. “They have high-quality players. We saw it in (Lewis).”

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Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.