Pack recruit sticks with commitment

Staff WriterMarch 16, 2011 

Tyler Lewis, the junior ball-handling wizard at Forsyth Country Day, said the departure of N.C. State basketball coach Sidney Lowe does not impact his verbal commitment to play for the Wolfpack.

"N.C. State really feels like home now," Lewis said by telephone on Tuesday night, hours after Lowe had announced his resignation. "Coach Lowe not returning has no affect on my decision. I love N.C. State. I am still committed to it."

Lewis, who led FCD to an 18-14 record in 2010-11, said he had not spoken to Lowe since the coach's announcement.

"I wanted to give him a little time," Lewis said. "I plan to call him."

Lewis is one of five players who have signed or are committed to State.

The Wolfpack signed slender 6-foot-8 senior Tyler Harris of Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict Prep to a national letter of intent last fall and has commitments from 6-4 senior guard Jaqawn Raymond of Statesboro, Ga., and 6-9 senior rebounder Joseph Uchebo of Raleigh Word of God.

Uchebo is ranked a four-star recruit by Scout.com, an online recruiting service. He averaged 13 rebounds on a 24-3 Word of God team.

Tyler and 6-10 Josip Mikulic of Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward Prep are juniors who have made commitments.

Verbal commitments are not binding on coaches or schools.

Lewis, who stands 5-10, said he is looking forward to playing at State.

Lowe's departure was not a surprise to Raymond, who had discussed the possible coaching change with his Statesboro (Ga.) High coach, Lee Hill.

"Jaqawn loves the school, the community, the players and the coaches," Hill said last week. "He'd like to play for this staff, but he believes State will have a great coach and will be a great program.

"N.C. State plays in a great conference, the best conference in the country, I think."

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