Virginia Boys Hoop POY: Tyler Lewis
March, 22, 2012
By Ben Rohrbach | ESPN.com
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
Dave Telep/ESPNHSTyler Lewis led Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) to a perfect 34-0 record.
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THE WINNER: Tyler Lewis
School: Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: Lewis averaged 12.0 points, 7.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists this past season, leading the Warriors to a perfect 44-0 record. A McDonald’s All-American Game selection, he was the MVP of the Les Schwab Invitational Tournament in December. A transfer from Forsyth Country Day School (Lewisville, N.C.), Lewis departed as that school’s career scoring leader with 1,927 career points.
Academic excellence: Lewis has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at an area food bank and as a youth basketball coach in his hometown of Lewisville, N.C.
“Tyler Lewis made everything go,” said Sean Christensen, head coach at Lincoln (Ore.). “If they needed a basket, he either created a shot for himself or found somebody coming off of a screen. He is really a prototypical point guard who can handle and make his teammates better players.”
THE FUTURE: Lewis has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on an athletic scholarship at North Carolina State University beginning this fall.