Shaka Smart and the VCU basketball program got some great news as JeQuan Lewis from Dickson County, Tennessee committed to the Rams yesterday. JeQuan was VCU’s #1 priority recruit at the point guard position and VCU’s coaching staff have been recruiting him for a long time going back to the July evaluation period where he played AAU with the Tennessee Tigers. He’s a talented 6’0 guard who will fit perfectly into VCU’s ‘Havoc’ style of play. He is extremely quick and has a very good mid-range game. Over the course of his recruitment several schools came in to see him including Georgia, Northern Iowa, Alabama, NC State, Wichita State, and Tennessee. It came down to UGA and VCU in the end.
Lewis is a 2-sport standout at Dickson County High as he is Dickson County’s quarterback on the football field in the fall. When he is quarterbacking Dickson County on the hardwood he’s averaging 17.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, and 3.9 steals per contest so far in this, his junior season. ESPN has him rated as the 8th-ranked player in Tennessee and gives him a grade of 89. As one of the best on the ball defenders in Tennessee with excellent quickness and proficient in ball screen situations, he seems tailor-made to wreak havoc.
JeQuan was kind enough to give us a quick interview for VCURamNation following his commitment:
VCU Ram Nation: On behalf of the Ram Nation, congratulations on your commitment and we’re very excited that you have chosen to be a part of the future of VCU basketball.
You were pursued by many schools from many different levels, what made VCU the right fit for you in your mind?
JeQuan: There isn’t another coach in the world I would rather play for other than Coach Smart… I’m ready to wreak havoc!
VCU Ram Nation: Over the course of your recruitment, which schools did you have offers from?
JeQuan: Georgia, Austin Peay, among other full rides.
VCU Ram Nation: Which NBA or college player would you say your game most resembles?
JeQuan: D-Rose. (Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls)
VCU Ram Nation: What do you think your greatest strength as a player is?
JeQuan: Getting to the rack and get my teammates open shots.
VCU Ram Nation: What role do you see yourself playing at VCU when you come in?
JeQuan: Strictly being a court leader!
VCU Ram Nation: When did you start hearing from the VCU staff about playing at VCU and who was the primary person in your recruitment?
JeQuan: Last summer and Will Wade.
VCU Ram Nation: What did you think of the fans and atmosphere at the Siegel Center when you visited? (JeQuan was in attendance when the Rams beat UAB on December 20th)
JeQuan: They get live! Great atmosphere!
VCU Ram Nation: Do you have any plans as to what you will be studying once you get to VCU?
JeQuan: Not sure yet.
VCU Ram Nation: Anything else you want to say to Ram fans?
JeQuan: It’s gonna be an exciting year. We’re gonna get after it! Straight chaos!
VCU Ram Nation: Thanks so much for your time JeQuan and we can’t wait to see you take the court for VCU!