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Thursday / January 17.
  • 2019 Kira Lewis Talks Schools Working Hardest; Upcoming Tennessee Visit

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    By JACOB POLACHECK

    Kira Lewis, the 6-foot-3 point guard from Hazel Green (AL) High School, told ZAGSBLOG on Friday that Alabama, Dayton, Baylor, Virginia, Tennessee, LSU, and Western Kentucky are the seven schools working hardest for his recruitment.

    Lewis, who trips to Tennessee this weekend for an unofficial visit to see the North Carolina vs. Tennessee game (Dec. 17), broke down each school.

    Alabama: “They talk about how they’re changing the program. They’ve got a great recruiting class this year. They’re just trying to do what they did this past year, getting top talent to the school.”

    Dayton: “They want me to come in and handle the ball. They want me to come in for 2018, but they’re recruiting me for both classes. It’s a great school.”

    Baylor: “They’ve got a history of putting guys in the league. It’s a great school.”

    Virginia: “It’s a great school. They win. They’ve got great coaching. They just started recruiting me, so I still need to build a relationship with them, but they’re recruiting me hard.”

    Tennessee: “They’re having a great season this year. They’re bringing in great talent. They love their guards. They want me to come in for an unofficial visit this week, which I’ll be doing. Coach [Rick] Barnes is going to have me come out for their game against North Carolina on Sunday (Dec. 17).”

    LSU: “They’re changing their program as well. They have a big recruiting class coming in 2018. I️

    Western Kentucky: “They just started getting on me, but once they got on me they haven’t stopped… the assistant coach has come to my practice and a game already so they are really interested, and I️’ll get up there sometime either this month or January.”

    According to 247Sports, Lewis is ranked as the No. 115 overall player in the Class of 2019 and the No. 3 player from the state of Alabama. He mentioned that he is being recruited for both the 2018 and 2019 classes, but doesn’t plan on making a reclassification decision in the near future.

    “I don’t know. I’m still looking at the situation right now,” said Lewis on a reclassification decision. “I’ll most likely decide after the high school season.”

    Although he may not be ready to reclassify, Lewis has a good idea of what he’s looking for in a school, as he said, “I’m looking for a school that family oriented, with a great football and basketball school, great academics, and a school that’s known for winning. I want a school that’s doing a good job with their program.”

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