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SCOUTING REPORT: 2017 Forward Terrence Lewis

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After four-star forward Terrence Lewis’ Iowa State visit over the weekend, the Cyclones sit in a good spot to pick up his commitment via a scheduled press conference on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The 6-foot-5, 180-pound, prospect is long, athletic and highly-skilled for a young forward.

Rated as the No. 100 prospect in the country by 247 Composite, the Milwaukee-native would make for a very nice start to Steve Prohm’s 2017 recruiting class. He is the No. 22 small forward in the country and the second-best player from the state of Wisconsin.

Here’s a breakdown to Lewis’ game heading into his decision later this week.

Strengths
  • Length: Lewis has a long, long frame that is perfect for today’s brand of basketball. He’s got long arms that make him a dangerous defender on the perimeter and a deadly shot blocker all over the court. I don’t know exactly what his wingspan is, but I’d have to guess it isn’t far off from 7-foot.
  • Touch: He shows a great deal of touch in the lane which leads to a soft shot around the rim. He’s a good finisher down-low whether he gets there off a pass or a drive. He’s also got a nice floater that can be a good weapon in traffic.
  • Shooting: Lewis shows the ability to be a very good long-range shooter, especially from both corners. He’s got a smooth shot that finishes up high every time. The ball gets good rotation and stays soft all the way to the rim.
  • Athleticism: Now, Lewis isn’t exactly what you would call an explosive athlete. He isn’t a high-flying dunker, but he is a solid athlete that runs the floor well, plays above the rim and leaps quickly under the hoop.

Needs to improve
  • Weight: I’m not saying Lewis is small, but he’s going to have to add some size in order to bang around in the Big 12. He’s got a good frame to add weight though so that should be a process that isn’t too incredibly difficult. If he can get a little closer to 200-pounds, he could be an animal.
  • Ball-handling: Lewis handles the ball well for a 6-foot-5-inch, forward but he gets a little loose with it sometimes, which isn’t going to fly in college like it does on the AAU circuit. He’s got a good base set with his handling and can only get better at this point.
Final thoughts

There is no doubt in my mind that Lewis has the game to become a star at the college level. He’s a great deal more polished than a lot of the other forwards coming out of high school and that makes me think he can only get better.

He’s a smooth shooting, long, athletic, forward that should play well into today’s college basketball. He’ll need to add strength and improve his ball-handling, but he’s got good bases set that should allow him to only get better.

I guess, now all there is to do is wait for his decision.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared is in his seventh year covering Iowa State football and basketball for Cyclone Fanatic. He worked as the site's intern for three years while studying Journalism in Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism. He started as a full-time staff writer in May 2016. He took over as the site's managing editor in January 2020. Jared spent five falls covering Iowa high school football as a reporter for KMA Radio, 1460 KXNO and 1430 KASI.