Lewis, Greene Talking Combo Package in College

Isaiah Lewis is the Rivals No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2013, and his good friend Brannen Greene is the No. 11 small forward.

The two talented prospects are so tight, they are talking about potentially teaming up in college.

“All the coaches that’s really recruiting me know I’m best friends with Brannen Greene from Georgia, so I think me and Brannen may end up at the same school,” the 6-foot-3, 155-pound Lewis told SNY.tv. “He really likes Kansas as well as I do. Me and him could end up at Kansas if that’s possible.”

Lewis said Louisville, Memphis, Florida State, Florida and St. John’s were also possible destinations for both players, but said Memphis, Louisville and Kansas “are recruiting me the hardest right now.”

Lewis said he hopes to visit Kansas unofficially during the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions in Springfield, Miss., over MLK weekend.

“If everything goes accordingly, I will probably visit Kansas while my high school team is down there,” he said.

He’s also “trying to figure out a date to get out to Louisville and also Memphis.”

Lewis plays alongside UConn signee Omar Calhoun on a stacked Christ the King team that is coached by Joe Arbitello. This year, former Christ the King stars Erick Barkley (St. John’s) and Khalid Rheeves (Arizona) are helping Arbitello out, according to the New York Post.

“With them being McDonald’s All-Americans and being in the NBA, things they say we’re gonna listen — point blank, period,” Lewis told the Post.

While Calhoun is a pure scorer, Lewis is scoring point who can create for others and get his own shot.

“He’s one of these guys that can score and be a point guard,” Arbitello told SNY.tv.

Lewis said he and Greene became friendly over the summer and began talking about playing together in college.

“He’s more of a two/three,” Lewis said. “He’s 6-5, 6-6, a really good shooter. I got a chance to kick it with him at the Super Showcase in Orlando. We really like each other’s game. He came to some of our games, I watched him play. We think we can do well in the backcourt together.”

Kansas is one school that’s interested in both guys and will have need for both come 2013.

“Coach [Bill] Self and Coach [Joe] Dooley, I spoke to them right before they played Duke last week at the Maui Invitational,” Lewis said.

“They’re looking for me to come in and make the big plays right away. Coach Self saw me a play a couple times this summer. Coach Dooley came [to] see me at my school work out. I think I can come in and play right away at the point guard spot.”

Kansas is also involved with several other elite 2013 lead guards, including Tyler Ennis of St. Benedict’s Prep.

“He’s more of point guard so I’m more like a point guard so I really think I don’t want to go to the same school as him, though,” Lewis said. “But if a school can make it work starting two guards, maybe something like that could work out but I don’t see me and him going in the same direction as me and Brannen Greene.”

Lewis plans to take some visits and go through the process with his family, but said he could pull the trigger when a decision feels right.

“If it’s a good fit for me I could commit as earry as next week,” he said. “But I’m not going to rush. I’m going to make sure I’m wanted. Me and my dad have to talk with the coaching staff and go visit.

“The timetable is really whenever the fit is right for me.”

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65 comments
Christian Castillo
Christian Castillo

Ill take west as long as the price is right.west would bring a tough, veteran presence that clubhouse sorely needs.Provides some legit post scoring and defense.Good on boards and has a nice little mid range jumper.I dont like the idea of maxing out Monroe.I would like to see phil add depth this offseason rather than overpay monroe because we couldnt get gasol.Getting west,adding a guard like Danny green and a center would be the best way to go.Take some pressure off porzingis and bring in guys with a winning mentality.

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

David West is a good fit for this system and he doesn't have any weaknesses playing at the 4. He can rebound, defend and score from inside and outside. Good size and has toughness and is a proven player. Monroe and David West would big a huge improvement from last year and can compete with any front court in the NBA. He is from the area and if he wants NY than you GO GET THAT MAN.

1harris1
1harris1

Can't say that I'm excited about this, but whatever.

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

@1harris1 He gives Kristap a chance to develop without rushing him into the starting line up. 

swankwan
swankwan

system fit....


please take the vet min.  

swankwan
swankwan

This guy is shot...at or around the vet min hopefully.  At the very most the mid level exception....

Paul Solomon
Paul Solomon

Probably 8 to 10 million. He's Cheaper than Monroe, adds defensive presence, veteran leadership, and probably for only 2 years then off the books..... then there's the Knicks luck where they the "veteran" who's best days are behind him, only plays around 15 - 20 minutes a night and has injury after injury after injury..... not that I'm trying to be negative.

swankwan
swankwan

not a dime more than 6.5 mil...anything more than that...keep walking brutha.

David Diaz
David Diaz

Better be for cheap. Paul Solomon here you go man

Mike Anderson
Mike Anderson

David West is NOT the answer!!!


We want Goran Dragic or Rondo!

mikeNYM
mikeNYM

@uliar @Mike Anderson Shump and JR played pretty bad in the finals for the most part. Lebron isn't leaving Cleveland again, no way, i'm sure most understand that, that city would go nuts if he did that to them again, could you imagine. 

mikeNYM
mikeNYM

@Mike Anderson no one said he was the answer but he could help the team on a fair contract. If that is all the Knicks did than i'd have an issue with it but if he is just the start of adding a couple more talented players and to the bench than it could work out well, the age is a concern though and how healthy he is now /will be so Phil needs to get to work on other things if this is his first move. 

uliar
uliar

@Mike Anderson 

Unless Lebron opts out to go to NY, nobody is the answer. You need a group of people to be the answer. Even Lebron wasn't the answer in Cleveland until the Shump, JR and Moz trade. They was a .500 team before that answer.

hashbury
hashbury

Actually, David Lee has been mentioned a lot and he would be great in the Triangle, if that is the inevitable plan.  Now, we all know his defense is goink!

But how do you get him and do you want to blow that kind of cap space? Livingston is probably gone from GS as their backup PG, sop maybe they would take Calderone to ease the cap hit.

hashbury
hashbury

The Knicks addressed their front court needs with the draft?  Who wrote that idiotic statement.  I like the pick, but the Knicks need much more and there is no way there aren't using some of their cap space on the front court.

Kevin Pl
Kevin Pl

I actually am ok with it as long as he signs for like 4 mil lol

NYBrando
NYBrando

Fan u can NOT b serious. Dude west is 93 basketball years old cuz. Sahn, this dude got a broke jumper and can't rebound worth a hot got dayum!!! What is this team comin to family?!?

yankspride
yankspride

@NYBrando

Same age as when Rodman went to CHI town.  Rodman played 3 years for PJ.

brad5614
brad5614

This fan base is delusional...let me repeat: There is no scenario that exists in which the knicks can contend for a title next year!! The goal will be to build a solid nucleus this year and compete, then sign a top free agent game changer next year for 2016...Stop bashing the kristaps pick...there wasn't one player in the draft with his potential, nor was there anyone that would the knicks instant title contenders...grant will be one of the draft surprises

swankwan
swankwan

@brad5614 Phil did mention that he received trade offers for Porzingis.  I wonder what they were....

starksoakmase
starksoakmase

no thanks, give me a year of David Lee and the Warriors #30....

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

@starksoakmase David Lee doesn't defend well. David West is a better fit with Monroe but David Lee wouldn't be horrible it is just that we need more two way players now.  

brad5614
brad5614

The knicks wont win with melo as their lead guy and phil knows this... I believe one of two things will happen 1. melo eventually requests a trade or 2. phile knows next years free agent class is better than this years so he builds a solid team this year  and develops kristaps then attempts to sign a top guy in 2016 to put the team in contention with melo playing the 2nd role along with kristaps

fourwedges
fourwedges

There will be no waiting for "Porzingis to come over to the United States".  He is playing with the team next year.

What are you talking about!!?


uliar
uliar

@fourwedges 

yeah didn't understand that. maybe Porzingin going back home to pack up.

mafra
mafra

Plan-A is to add West & Monroe & Danny Green.


Calderon/Grant/Galloway

Green/Schved

Melo/early

West/Thomas/Pizingis

Monroe/Amundson


Pirzingis isa teenager; already same size/weight as Rudy Gobert, has a 38-inch vertical to go with a 7"6' wingspan.


You draft Pirzingis and develop him; you sign West to play PF now.  Monroe-West-Melo is an outstanding front court.  If you gt a 3-&-D SG like Green, to go with our young PG...  NOt a bad start...


Then hope you get Durant next year!

John Munro
John Munro

@mafra  I like that but how can you afford all of that? Munroe is going to get the max and than all you have is 10 million left. hich green would get

mafra
mafra

@John Munro @mafra  You hope you can get Monroe for about 15 mil; Green for about 9mil; then use some exemption, to throw whatever is left at West. Or, you convince 1 to take less $ this year, opt out and cash in next year when cap skyrockets.

John Munro
John Munro

Idk if I should feel bad for Melo. Idk why the Knicks signed him maybe this kid turns out to be the best player in the draft. I have no problem with drafting this kid. My only problem with drafting this kid was the only way you where going to win a championship with Melo was with a draft pick that can contribute right away and than signing 1 or 2 all stars in free agency.


But maybe Melo just hasn't done a good job of recuiting players to pay here. A combo of Mudiay and Munroe wasn't going to win a championship. And Aldridge or Gasol don't seem to be rushing to play here, so maybe Jackson realized he doesn't have a shot to win with Melo hence he went with this pick. I think if Jackson felt we could sign Gasol or a top free agent maybe we would have done something different. So maybe this is Melo's fault for not being an attractive player to play with.

Eric Calabrese
Eric Calabrese

Really? Im in for this signing melo needs vets to run the locker room id be down to bring him in esp cuz that porzingis guys not contributing for 2 yrs

yankspride
yankspride

Love the West move if happens.  Same age as when Rodman went to Bulls.  West will be that type of enforcer on the court.  PJ knows the formula and ya start to see it developing.  

nyoak34
nyoak34

Let's imagine for a moment that common sense has taken a place in the Garden for the first time in over a decade. If the Knicks are committed to a rebuild as they should have in the waning years of Ewing's careee (i.e. not trade him and let/make him finish his career in NY), what realistic trade scenarios exist for Melo that he would be agreeable to and that would further the rebuild ? I cannot come up with a single one unless the Lakers are able to land Aldridge and decide to go for it now.

yankspride
yankspride

@nyoak34

Nothing more than banging of heads between PJ and his star player.  it happened at times in CHI town and it happened in LA.

yankspride
yankspride

@nyoak34

Not understanding why a rebuild?  In the sense that PJ got rid of players he called "a lot of fat" and will replace with draft choices and FA, then I'm looking at it more like replace.  And while PJ replaces the fat with players that fit together, and can do more over the next two years easily with all the cap space available, he also develops  young talent from his draft picks.  Why would the Knicks trade their bet player when a trade of a player like Anthony's caliber rarely brings back a return.  How many teams are looking to add 22MIL to their payroll that easily??  I can't think of anyone under a max deal who has been traded.

John Munro
John Munro

I'm confused cause with Porzingis how can you have a starting front court of West Porzingis and Melo?


I would rather have West over Munroe because he'll prob be half the cost and in my opinion will give you a similar offensive role and much better defense. I would much rather steel Hibbert away from the Pacers but either way I think the Knicks number 1 priority should be signing Khwai Leonard.


Marc Gasol would be the ideal match to pair with Porzingis and Melo but I doubt will get him so if we could get LEonard and Hibbert I actually think we could make it to the ECF next year.

John Munro
John Munro

I think there is a possibility the Spurs don't want to give Leonard the Max

younglando
younglando

@John Munro I doubt West is coming to NY to be a starter at35 years old. He's lokely to be a veteran role player off the bench. He will also provide the type of veteran leadership that the Knicks got from Rasheed Wallace, Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas, etc. during their 53 win season

blackwood1
blackwood1

Leonard is going nowhere & Gasol leaving the griz is pretty unlikely. These are know facts more realistic targets & game changers are Butler who can see the bulls are an aging team thats falling apart & who just fired it's coach.

The finals this yr showed everyone the direction this league is going & thats offense first.

BronsonSNY
BronsonSNY

@younglando @John Munro Dude West is not coming to the Knicks to come off the Knicks. Why can't he start? He is what he's always been: a bully in the paint who tough and can shoot the the mid-range. What's different now? he's never been a high flyer or speedy. What is it when a established player comes here Knick fans always have to find a fault and change what that player already is. How about being happy to have a veteran who is strong to lead your team deep into the playoffs?

James Cunningham
James Cunningham

@BronsonSNY @younglando @John Munro prefer Ed Davis(5mil),young,shot blocking rebounder,similar to Tristan Thompson or Taj Gibson,then Knicks would still have money for Danny Green(or Belenelli),Demarre Carroll,Robin Lopez,or Koufos,some combination of above,Knicks need help everywhere.