Butler Adds NC State Transfer Tyler Lewis

Butler Adds NC State Transfer Tyler Lewis
Tyler Lewis (Photo courtesy of North Carolina State Athletics)

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler men's basketball coach Brandon Miller announced that Tyler Lewis, a former McDonald's All-American who played at North Carolina State the past two seasons, has signed a financial aid agreement and will join the Bulldogs this fall.  Lewis will sit out the 2014-15 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

"We are thrilled about the addition of Tyler Lewis to our program" said Miller.  "He has shown great ability to run a team, play unselfishly and distribute and take care of the ball at a high level both in high school and college.  We are excited about his ability to impact our basketball program.  He compliments our current team and our incoming class extremely well."

Lewis, a 5-11 guard, played in 36 games last season for the Wolfpack, including 18 as a starter.  He averaged 4.4 points, 3.8 assists and 1.3 rebounds, while helping North Carolina State to a 22-14 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.  Lewis, who started the final 14 games of the season, led the Wolfpack in assists and set a North Carolina State single season record for assist/turnover ratio (3.55).

In two seasons at North Carolina State, Lewis played in 70 games including 20 as a starter.  He chalked up 183 assists, averaged 3.9 points and shot better than 80% from the free throw line in his two collegiate campaigns.

Lewis was named to the McDonald's All-America Team and was chosen as the 2012 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year after his senior season at Oak Hill Academy (Va.).  He averaged 12 points and 7.9 assists, while helping Oak Hill to a 44-0 record.  He began his prep career at Forsyth Country Day School (N.C), where he was a two-time All-State performer and finished as the school's all-time leader in scoring and assists.  He averaged 27.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in his final season at Forsyth Country Day and was runner-up in the 2011 North Carolina A.P. Player of the Year balloting.  

Butler will be heading into its second season in the BIG EAST in 2014-15.  The Bulldogs are looking to add to a remarkable success record, which includes 15 twenty-win seasons since 1996-97.  Butler has made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances over that stretch, including back-to-back trips to the Division I national championship game in 2010 and 2011.