Ex-NC State point guard Tyler Lewis considering Charlotte 49ers

dscott@charlotteobserver.comApril 3, 2014 

Former N.C. State point guard Tyler Lewis said Charlotte is one a handful of schools where he is considering transferring.

Lewis, a sophomore who left the Wolfpack program last week, told the Observer on Thursday he is considering the 49ers, along with Butler, Purdue, Minnesota, Xavier and Alabama-Birmingham.

“It’s a program on the rise and I feel like they have a pretty good team,” Lewis said of Charlotte. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about coach (Alan) Major. I know where they’re trying to go. They’re trying to turn it around down there and it feels like they have the pieces to the puzzle.”

Lewis will have to sit out next season and will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015-16. 49ers point guard Pierria Henry will be a senior next season. Lewis said he is friends and played AAU ball with 49ers guard Braxton Ogbueze and forward Bernard Sullivan. Lewis averaged 4.4 points and 3.8 assists last season. He started the final 14 games of the season for the Wolfpack, helping it to an NCAA tournament berth.

Lewis, whose brother Colby played for the 49ers and is a graduate assistant with the team, was offered a scholarship by then-Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz when Lewis was in the eighth grade. Lutz is now an assistant at N.C. State.

Lewis said he hasn’t visited Charlotte yet and hopes to make a decision within the next two weeks. He visited Butler on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lewis also spoke for the first time about his reasons for leaving N.C. State. He was offered a scholarship by former coach Sidney Lowe coming out of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, but played both his seasons with the Wolfpack under current coach Mark Gottfried.

“I just thought it was right step for me to make the move,” Lewis said. “I didn’t commit to (Gottfried’s) staff. I committed to coach Lowe’s staff. I appreciate their honoring their commitment to me, but it wasn’t the staff I committed to.”

Lewis, who is finishing the semester at N.C. State, told the Indianapolis Star that he enjoyed his visit to Butler, which has two senior point guards returning next season.

“... I could definitely see myself playing there,” he said. “I got along great with the players and coaches. The coaches have confidence that could come in and help the team, and I have confidence in them.”

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