Ron Lewis, Ohio State
Posted Jun 18 2007 4:07PM
6-5, 194-Shooting Guard
Lewis hit the biggest shot of the season for the Buckeyes, nailing a three-pointer with 12 seconds left against Xavier to tie the game and eventually help Ohio State advance all the way to the Championship game. The fifth-year senior leader of the Ohio State team also has two of his younger teammates (Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr.) in this yearís draft. An excellent athlete, Lewis has a 44-inch vertical leap and a deadly long-range jumpshot. Lewis has been flying under the radar all his life — he was the sixth man on his high school team, even though he led the team in scoring and rebounding. He was not heavily recruited coming out of high school, playing his first two seasons at Bowling Green before transferring to Ohio State. The Sociology major is expected to be a second-round pick.
Q: You played at Ohio State in college. How do you think that prepared you for the NBA?
A: It helped a lot, playing in the Big Ten and playing in the NCAA Tournament. We had a great run in the tournament. Hopefully it can get me to the next level and prepared me for it.
Q: You made a few big shots in the NCAA Tournament. Do those shots still run through your mind from time to time?
A: Definitely. Every time I think about clutch shots and last-second shots, I will always think back to those moments that I had. It gives me a lot of confidence.
Q: Which players do you compare yourself to in the NBA in terms of your style of play?
A: Raja Bell. He comes in and plays great defense on the other teamís best player every night. And he knocks down open shots. If you can get a player who can do both of those things, your team is going to be good.
Q: What areas of your game are you trying to improve or prove to scouts that they arenít weaknesses?
A: Iím working on fine-tuning things, like my ballhandling. Iím still trying to (improve) my jump shot, and do the little things on defense. Iím working on people skills, because you always have to have people skills when you go into a different atmosphere.