Cleveland State’s top scorer, PG Lewis, transferring to Louisville

Trey Lewis won't have to sit out a season since he'll be a graduate student at Louisville.

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Trey Lewis made it official Tuesday, announcing that he’s leaving Cleveland State to play his final collegiate basketball season at Louisville.

Louisville announced Lewis has signed a financial aid agreement and will enroll in graduate school after completing his degree in communication management at Cleveland State in May. Lewis led Cleveland State in scoring at 16.3 points per game last season.

Lewis, who played at Garfield Heights High School near Cleveland, transferred to Cleveland State after one season at Penn State.

"We are really excited to have Trey in our program," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said in a university statement. "He is a talented young man with an incredible attitude and his leadership qualities fit perfectly for what we need. He’s a point guard who scores, does a good job of getting in the lane, and sets his teammates up well. Since we’ve played the last four years with two point guards, it’s perfect to continue on that path with our running and pressing style."

After Louisville’s season ended with a 76-70 loss to Michigan State in the East Region final on Mar. 29, Pitino told reporters he’d have a very different roster for next season that included much better shooters than the 2014-15 Cardinals had.

Lewis made 96 3-pointers last season and shot better than 42 percent on 3-point tries.

"Coach Pitino really expressed his want and need for me," Lewis said. "He and the staff can really help me maximize my potential and I look forward to the development. There’s so much that I can learn."

Lousiville kicked point guard Chris Jones off the team late last season. Terry Rozier, who shared some of the point guard duties with Quentin Snider after Jones’ dismissal, is headed to the NBA Draft after two seasons at Louisville. Because big man Montrezl Harrell is also turning pro and other players are expected to transfer, it’s likely Louisville will add another veteran transfer to Lewis and four committed high school players for next season.