It’s hard not to notice Scottie Lewis on the basketball court. It’s not just his 6’5 frame or the electric athleticism or wearing the coveted no. 23. He plays the game with a competitor’s charisma, the kind that has made him one of New Jersey’s all-time great high school stars.
Lewis, the University of Florida commit and 2019 McDonald’s All-American, along with teammate and Villanova bound Bryan Antoine led the Ranney School to their first-ever Tournament of Champions title in 2019.
Scottie’s ability is such that he impacts every level of the game. His length, quickness, and IQ are gifts he uses well to defend multiple positions. He told us at the MCDAAG that he loves the challenge of defense and shutting down the best player. He referenced Tony Allen as a key influence, along with Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James.
Lewis’ offensive game is elusive and formidable. He has a terrific lift on his jumper and uses that to his full advantage for shots off the dribble, where his footwork is textbook. While Lewis might not usually look to have the physical strength advantage, keeping him from his spots is no less difficult. In the open floor, he’s lethal with or without the ball, and in the half court, he’s equipped to beat you as a scorer, playmaker, and decision-maker.
Lewis is the first of five New Jersey high school players featured in a 5-week series entitled “Unreleased” from Basketball Society’s lead videographer Martin Soaries. There will be a new highlight video of other New Jersey high school basketball standouts this season for the next four weeks, releasing each Friday on our Instagram TV.
Watch Scottie Lewis’ Unreleased entry below.