Nov 30, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers forward Talib Zanna (right) shoots over Duquesne Dukes center Darius Lewis (54) during the first half at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Year In Review: Darius Lewis


2013-14 didn’t go the way it was planned for Darius Lewis. While Lewis had plenty of size to play from day one, it would have been fair to call him a strong candidate to red shirt.  Thanks to injuries and player ineligibility, Lewis was pressed into service immediately.

What He Did Well

Honestly, he  exceeded my expectations even if he didn’t make a huge impact. Lewis only played 46 minutes, but he made good use of his time. He only took three shots but finished two of them while getting to the free throw line six times. That’s an outstanding rate that will play well in Jim Ferry’s offense. His rebounding percentages were strong at both ends. He surprisingly had more steals than blocks given his frame.

Areas to Improve

Lewis turned the ball over a third of the time he made a play on offense and had as many fouls as he had rebounds. Lewis had issues with his hands particularly when passes came in at his waist or below. While he got to the free throw line at a high rate, he didn’t convert well hitting on only one attempt.

 

Outlook

If I break down his career into eight (hopefully ten), six month segments, Lewis will be Tim Duncan if he improves as much over each remaining eighth as he did in his first. This is an exaggeration of course, but the point remains. Lewis has great upside  especially if Jim Ferry elects to defy convention and redshirt the big man as a sophomore. Even if he has some improvement to go, Lewis has proven to me already that he’s willing to work and work hard to get better. He has areas to develop, but they are  skills he can target like defensive positioning, receiving and his footwork. You cannot teach his size and not a lot of A-10 schools will be able to match up with him if the rest of the picture comes together.

 

 

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