By: Sam Rubinstein ( @_samruby )
Our Alumni Catch Up Column will ask former stars of CIAC Boy’s Basketball questions on their high school and college careers to give us a little insight on the person behind the player
Zach Lewis is this week’s selection for our Alumni Catchup column. Zach is a former sharp shooting, All-State point guard for Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, CT where he helped lead the Indians to back-to-back trips to Mohegan Sun, and an overall 38-2 regular season record over his final two seasons, highlighted by a 20-0 mark during his junior year. After a year at Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, VA, he accepted a scholarship to Canisius College and played a major role for the Golden Griffins as soon as he stepped foot on campus. As a freshman, Zach averaged 9.5 points per game and earned a spot on the MAAC All-Rookie team for Coach Jim Baron. During his first year, he also set a school record for freshmen, when hit seven three pointers in one game against Monmouth University. Then as a sophomore, he played an even larger role as he started every game, averaging 12.5 points per contest and was named Third Team All-MAAC. after his sophomore season, he decided to transfer to the University of Massachusetts. Due to NCAA rules, he is sitting out the 2015-2016 season, but is practicing with team and preparing himself for to get back out on the court for next year.
1. Name: Zach Lewis
2. Year: Junior (with 2 years left of eligibility after 2015-2016 season)
3. College/University: University of Massachusetts (D1, Atlantic 10 Conference), formerly Canisius College (D1, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)
4. High School: Northwest Catholic High School (West Hartford, CT, Central Connecticut Conference)
5. Most Memorable High School Game and Why? The first game of my senior year, we played New Britain High School and I scored 43 points. Which was 1 point away from the school record.
6. Best Player You Played Against in High School? Kris Dunn from New London High School
7. Most Memorable College Game and Why? Against Monmouth my sophomore year when I went for 31 points off of 8 three pointers, which happens to be the school record of three pointers made in a game.
8. Best Player You Played Against in College? Sean Armand from Iona College. He was the leading scorer of the best team in our conference and he had unlimited range. I saw a little bit of me in his game but he was bigger and stronger and I was a freshman at the time so it was a tough cover.
9. Best Team You Played Against in College? University of Notre Dame
10. Coolest Place/Arena That You Have Played In College? Definitely Notre Dame definitely because of the history behind the university. You could feel it in the arena.
11. Where Else Were You Looking to Play Coming Out of High School? Canisius, UMass, Hofstra, South Florida, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, George Washington, Northeastern, Brown, and Manhattan were all the schools I was really looking at.
12. What Do You Miss Most About Playing High School Basketball? The big thing I miss about high school is playing with my teammate Kuran Iverson (former Memphis Tiger, now Rhode Island Ram) and really having my whole family there for almost every game.
13. One Mentor That Helped You Out On the High School Team When You Were an Underclassmen and How Did He Help? My older brother, Jordan Lewis. My freshman year he was a junior and he really showed me the ropes and kept me going when things got tough.
14. If You Could Go Back and Replay One Game of Your High School Career What Would It Be and Why? State championship my junior year. It was a winnable game against New London who was led by Kris Dunn and we just let it slip away at the end.
16. What’s The Biggest Difference Between the College Game and the High School Game? The physicality and obviously the level of competition. Basketball is taken much more serious in college than high school as a whole.
17. Give Us One Outlook On How You Think Your College Team Will Do This Season. I think we will do real good this season. We have the senior leadership combined with some talented young guys, so I think we can be as good as anyone in our league.
Thanks to Zach for taking the time to talk to us and we wish all the best to him and his UMass Minutemen!