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MIDWEST RECRUITING: Wayne Memorial’s Isaiah Lewis winds up in the Windy City

By: Scott Burnstein, April 29, 2019, 11:15 am

Isaiah Lewis is going next level.

Destination: Chi-Town.

The Wayne Memorial senior boys basketball star has signed to play in college with Chicago State of the Western Athletic Conference, giving second-year coach Lance Irvin’s Cougars a steal out of the backcourt for his 2019 recruiting crop. 

Lewis is a crafty 5-foot-11 combo guard who takes the form of a volcano on the hardwood — an eruptive force capable of taking a team on his back when a game is on the line and unleashing so much SHAKE & BAKE in the open floor it would make Will Ferrell’s Ricky Bobby movie character jealous.

As a senior, Lewis lit the scorebook up for 23 points and five assists per night, draining 42 percent of his 3-point attempts and taking his club to a Division 1 district title by outdueling Mr. Basketball finalist and Western Michigan signee B. Artis White of Canton in the district championship. He leaves the Wayne Memorial program as the Zebras all-time leader in career points (almost 1,500) and points in a single game (50).

Chicago State has found success mining the Detroit area for talent in the past. The Cougars’ all-time leading scorer is Auburn Hills Avondale’s David Holston (2,331 from 2005-2009), currently hooping as a pro over in France. Holston won a Class B state crown with Avondale in 2002.