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Former Oak Hill star Tyler Lewis adjusts to reserve role at N.C. State

2011 American Family Insurance ALL-USA selection led Warriors to national title


Tyler Lewis has played a limited role as a freshman at N.C. State. / USA TODAY Sports Images

This marks the 30th anniversary of USA TODAY recognizing the nation's top high school athletes. As we prepare to unveil the 2012-13 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Basketball Team at the end of the season, we'll dig into the archives and check in with ALL-USA honorees from the past three decades.

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When Tyler Lewis decided to leave his comfort zone at Forsyth Country Day (Lewisville, N.C.) and enroll at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) the summer before his senior season in 2011, Lewis knew that he’d be giving up much more than quality time with his family and friends.

He’d also be giving up shots.

Lewis, a point guard, averaged 28 points and 12 assists as a junior, but with the Warriors posting a starting lineup that would make most Division I college coaches drool, Lewis knew his scoring would take a drastic hit.

“I knew it would drop,” Lewis said. “We had so much talent and I knew that I wouldn’t need to score as much. That was fine with me. I was more focused on running the team.”

Lewis excelled in his role as the on-court quarterback and led the Warriors to a perfect 44-0 record and a national title last March. He averaged 12 points and eight assists per game.

“I’m still amazed at what we did,” said Lewis, who was named to the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Basketball Team last season. “It’s crazy to think that we won a national title, but then thinking about going 44-0 is a little unreal. When I look back on it the whole year was about adjustments.”  

Now a freshman at N.C. State, Lewis is in the midst of another adjustment – playing the reserve role.

“It’s a big adjustment because you’re going from being the man on the team to sitting behind the man on the team,” Lewis said. “It’s OK though, I’m learning a lot throughout the whole process, and I haven’t lost any confidence. I’m just doing whatever my team needs right now.”

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