Each season, the culmination of the Outside the Huddle Top 50 player countdown is the naming of our annual First Five, the highest preseason honor for OTH basketball coverage.
The First Five traces its lineage back to The News-Sentinel’s years of presenting “Fabulous Five” teams of the area’s best five players in both boys and girls basketball. This player is part of our sixth season of naming First Five players.
No. 1 – Jevon Lewis, Wayne
Last season, Lewis proved to be a very special type of player. His ability to take over in big moments and hit clutch shots became a very strong narrative of Lewis’ game. His baskets and free throws were the major catalyst in two Sectional games in the same day (including the championship, closing seconds game winner) and in the Regional title game. Those moments propelled Lewis to the top of the mountain but his body of work set him up very well to be in that position. He averaged 16.4 points, 6.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game and was good to go get the Generals a basket at almost any moment regardless of the circumstances.
Lewis was an IBCA Underclass All-State selection last season and an Indiana Junior All-Star. The lefty is a high end playmaker in every facet of the game and his bag is fully loaded for success for himself and his General teammates. He had just three games not in double figures scoring last season and put up 30 against Marquette Catholic. In the three games Lewis hit 10 shots, his field goal percentage was never lower than 63 percent. Lewis recorded four double doubles with assists, including 17 points and 13 assists in a win over Bishop Luers.
COACH’S QUOTE ON LEWIS
“Jevon has an exceptional work ethic. He is ferociously competitive and a strong leader for our team. His growth as a leader the last three seasons have been key to our development as a group. Jevon can score from anywhere and is a high-level passer. He is one of the hardest working players that I have ever seen. His ability to make plays in clutch situations has been most impressive. This offseason he almost lived in the gym.” – Wayne coach Anthony Brewer