According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, JUCO guard Isaiah Lewis has officially committed to Temple. He will be eligible to play for the Owls during the upcoming season.
Lewis was originally a three-star recruit (per Rivals) out of Jacksonville, Florida, in the class of 2013. He was one of the nation’s top prospects earlier in his career at Christ the King, but reportedly clashed with the team’s coach and was eventually suspended for the playoffs as a junior. Lewis then left that school and split his senior season between The Patrick School in New Jersey and Arlington Country Day in Florida.
Despite having been previously linked to powerhouses like Kansas and Memphis as an underclassman, he signed with Hutchinson Community College in Kansas following his final year of high school. He eventually wound up at Casper College, where he graduated in May. Lewis has two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
The Owls are coming off a strong 2015-16 campaign that saw them finish 21-12 (14-4 in conference) and atop the American Athletic Conference. They lost to Connecticut in the semifinals of the AAC tournament, but still received an at-large bid and No. 7 seed in the NCAA tournament. They were upset by tenth-seeded Iowa in the first round, 72-70, in overtime. The previous season, Temple didn’t receive an invite to the tourney despite a 26-11 regular season record. They lost to Miami (FL) in the NIT semifinals.