Terrence Lewis does not look like your typical freshman. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound wing from Milwaukee does not play like one either — or at least he did not on Sunday night in his Capital City League debut.
He is smooth and he is active. He has a knack for finding the ball, but does not need to have it in his hands to make an impact. He knows how to use his length to his advantage on the defensive end.
Make no mistake, Lewis still has a lot to learn before Iowa State opens its 2017-18 season in Columbia against Missouri. With that said, there is no doubting the tools are there for him to make an impact immediately for Steve Prohm’s program.
“Just been working out mostly,” Lewis said about his first few weeks in Ames. “Getting my summer school classes organized, learning the campus, seeing new people, seeing new faces, stuff like that. Everything’s been going good so far.”
He scored 26 points, on 12-of-22 shooting, and grabbed 10 rebounds, seven of them on the offensive end, in Doerrfeld Promotions’ 119-83 win over Hannah Homes. Numbers do not mean much in the Capital City League, but there is an air about him that makes you confident he is not just another summer league superstar.
I hate coming here and stoking the fire or becoming the conductor of the Terrence Lewis hype train. I have watched enough of the Capital City League over the past four years to know there is not always substance in what happens on the court at Valley Southwoods.
I definitely would not do it if I was not confident in what I saw.
It was just one game of summer league, but I am still willing to say I am buying all the stock I can in Terrence Lewis.
“Get my handles right, keep shooting, learn some different moves,” Lewis said when asked what his goals are for the summer. “Growing up from second grade until now, I’m changing up my game a little bit. At the next level, they’re stronger, faster, smarter so I’ve got to work on my game a little bit more.”
*** Solomon Young scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Doerrfeld’s win. Michael Jacobson scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss for Hannah Homes.
*** Donovan Jackson scored 44 points, on 15-of-30 shooting, including 9-of-15 from 3-point range, and grabbed six rebounds in Hinterland’s 144-141 win over Sparta Waste Services. Marial Shayok scored 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Sparta.