After Alabama’s decision to part ways with Avery Johnson, one the Tide’s top players entered the transfer portal: Kira Lewis. He’s quickly become one of the most sought after players in the 2019 transfer circuit. Several ACC schools are interested in Lewis, too, including Duke, Pittsburgh, Miami and Louisville.
Arizona, Uconn, Miami, Baylor, Providence, Northwestern, Pitt, Nevada, Iowa State, Indiana, Georgia, TCU and Auburn are also involved with top available transfer Kira Lewis https://t.co/mDHY0tvqPg
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) March 27, 2019
The 6-foot-3 Lewis is a former top-50 prospect, who just finished his freshman season at Alabama. In the 2018-19 campaign, Lewis averaged 13.5 points and 2.9 assists (19 percent assist rate) — while shooting just under 36 percent on 3-pointers (5.6 3PA per 40 minutes).
A high-usage player (22 percent usage rate), Lewis posted a true shooting rate of 54.8 percent; overall, he shot 57 percent at the rim — with 75 percent of those buckets coming unassisted.
Initially, it seemed as though a return to Alabama was out of the cards for Lewis; however, that may not quite be the case.
Alabama frosh Kira Lewis told @Stadium he met with new coach Nate Oats this morning; hasn’t ruled out returning to Crimson Tide. Also said he’s heard from Duke, Memphis, Tennessee & others since entering transfer portal. He’s met with Baylor, Nevada and will meet Iowa St. today.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 28, 2019
Back in high school, Lewis had numerous offers before choosing Alabama, which included Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Indiana, Auburn and UConn.
What about Tre Jones?
As far as Duke is concerned, Lewis may not factor in for next season’s picture; if he transfers, Lewis would — barring a waiver — sit out and redshirt during the 2019-20 season.
Regardless, Duke’s point guard situation remains murky for next year. Obviously, if Tre Jones decides to return, few teams would be better set up at the position in 2019. A sophomore version of Jones has the ability to win ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
I’m sure Jones has a lot more on his mind right now; Duke’s season just ended in wild fashion, and there’s family stuff to work though, too. However, if Jones heads to the draft — he’s a top-20 prospect for this year’s class — then Duke has a couple of point guard options for next season. At the top of the list would be 5-star freshman Boogie Ellis — a combo guard from California, rated as the No. 27 player in the 2019 class, per 247 Sports.
Jordan Goldwire will be a junior next season for Duke, too. Goldwire played just 301 minutes this season, and a portion of those came with Jones on the floor, too — in defensive-minded dual-point guard lineups. He’s not much of an offensive player, but Goldwire does provide some defensive capabilities.