As the calendar turns to summer and the AAU circuit heats up, 2019 recruiting is bound to get a jump start, as well.
On Thursday night, 2019 ESPN top-10 guard Scottie Lewis tweeted out his top seven, trimming his list from the 12 schools he named in September and dropping Colgate, Seton Hall, North Carolina, Maryland, and Kansas.
Lewis is currently enrolled at New Jersey’s Ranney School and is the second-ranked player in the state on EPSN and third-ranked on 247Sports, but is in the top 10 nationally on both sites.
Both Villanova and St. John’s offered Lewis in early 2016, something that has stood out to the guard. He shared his feelings on both schools with Prep Circuit’s Pat Lawless.
St. John’s: “They were the first school to offer me and I would have the chance to play for someone who has succeeded as a player in Chris Mullin. On the home visit he made the point that he would have coached for much longer, but instead was chasing his dreams by playing. If I were to go there I would be playing for two guys who have played in the NBA. They have gone through that whole process, which I think would be a great opportunity getting that kind of experience all of the time. You will also get a lot of exposure playing in New York City, which is the mecca of basketball.”
Villanova: “I’ve always been a big fan of theirs honestly and that goes for outside of basketball too. Philadelphia is a great spot, its right in my backyard and close to a lot of people I care about. I think staying close to people like that is important. Coach Jay Wright and Kyle Neptune both have my back and will surround me with great guys who want to win and all have the same goal.”
While it’s very early and a lot can change, it’s worth noting that Villanova is currently in a three-way tie for the top spot on Lewis’ Crystal Ball on 247Sports, sharing the honor with Kentucky and Florida.
It is unclear when Lewis will start taking official visits.