Projected First-Rounder Maxwell Lewis Entering Draft

Pepperdine forward Maxwell Lewis plans to forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2023 NBA Draft, he tells ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. After being named to the WCC All-Freshman team last season, Lewis improved his stock in 2022/23 by earning a spot on the All-WCC Second Team.

In 31 games (31.4 MPG) as a sophomore this season, Lewis averaged 17.1 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 2.8 APG on .468/.348/.787 shooting. The Waves went just 9-22, but he impressed scouts with his ability to create shots for himself and others, Givony writes. He’s currently projected to go No. 27 overall by ESPN.

I never had the role I had at Pepperdine this season, just being able go at defenders one on one and in ball screens,” Lewis said. “I was in the corner in AAU and high school, shooting 3s and waiting for dump offs. Coach [Lorenzo] Romar gave me a lot of flexibility and trusted me. Having that role and be given that opportunity gave me the ability to do more. Also worker harder and being in the gym more than I ever have.”

According to Givony, the 6’7″ Lewis is a late bloomer, giving the impression that he still has plenty of untapped upside. Givony also provides some highlights of Lewis’ game for those who haven’t seen him play (Twitter video link).

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