About Kira Lewis Jr.
Kira Lewis Jr. is a talented young point guard with nice size, great speed, and a reliable jump shoot who made notable strides as a passer in his second season at Alabama. Widely regarded as one of the top-30 prospects in the high school class of 2019 at Hazel Green High School (AL), Lewis opted to enroll a year early at Alabama making him one of the youngest players in college basketball a year ago. Averaging 13.5 points and 2.9 assists per game to earn SEC All-Freshman Team honors, he was subsequently invited to play for the United States team that took gold at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Championship. Though he played a limited role alongside an extremely talented group spanning multiple age groups in that setting, Lewis looked like a breakout candidate heading into his sophomore year under first-year Head Coach Nate Oats.
He averaged 18.5 points and 5.2 assists over 36.7 minutes per game earning All-SEC 1st Team honors to make good on those expectations and establish himself as one of the top point guards in the country.
- Standing 6-foot-3 with a skinny 165-pound frame that is still filling out and solid length, Lewis has good size for a point guard to go along with impressive open court speed. He was among the youngest sophomores in the country this season and remains just a few months older than the youngest players available in the 2020 NBA Draft.
- After scoring steadily in transition and from the perimeter as a freshman, Lewis took a significant step forward as a sophomore shouldering a far larger role as the Crimson Tide’s primary shot creator. Operating extensively out of the pick and roll, Lewis showed significant growth as passer while continuing to score at a strong rate pushing tempo and leaning on his jump shot in the half court.
- With the quickness and instincts to be a factor in the passing lanes and guarding the ball, Lewis was disruptive at times on the defensive end, but is still maturing physically and in terms of polish off the ball.
- Possessing great speed and nice length for a point guard, Lewis had some impressive moments getting in the passing lanes and containing the ball on the defensive end as a sophomore. He has some promising tools, but his skinny frame is a point of interest against more physical competition moving forward. Seldom leaving the floor for the Crimson Tide, opposing offenses regularly tested him as he defended as many ball screens as nearly any player in the country.
- Lewis is still learning how to be a factor off the ball where he was quick to help and rotate early but not always to react when the ball kept moving.
- 2019-20 All-SEC First Team selection.
- Named to the 2019-20 All-District Team by USBWA and NABC.
- 2018-19 SEC All-Freshman Team choice.
- Helped USA Basketball win the gold medal at the 2019 FIBA U-19 Basketball World Cup.
- Led the Crimson Tide in scoring (18.5 ppg), assists (5.2 apg), steals (1.81 spg) and minutes (37.6 mpg).
- Paced the SEC in minutes, ranked third in both assists and steals and finished fourth in scoring.
- Two-time SEC Player of the Week.
- Became the second player in Alabama history to record a triple-double, posting 10 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists vs. Auburn (Feb. 12).
- Scored a career-high 37 points and added seven assists vs. Georgia (Feb. 8).
- Finished with 29 points, seven rebounds and four assists against Mississippi State (Feb. 25).
- Combo guard with outstanding speed.
- Very shifty and creative with the ball.
- Thrives at making plays in transition.
- Gets into passing lanes on defense.
- Entered the 2019 NCAA transfer portal after Alabama made a coaching change, but elected to stay once he met with new coach Nate Oats.
“He is the fastest kid, from one end of the floor to the other, that I’ve ever coached. The NBA has gone to a game of pace and getting up and down, so I think he fits the direction the league is going. He is a great kid who wants to be in the gym and get better.”
-- Alabama coach Nate Oats