14-year-old middle schooler earns two D1 scholarship offers on Monday

You don’t see this every day.

Two major-college basketball programs offered basketball scholarships on Monday to a middle schooler who is only 14 years old, is an eighth grader, and has yet to play in a high school game.

The young phenom is Chris Lewis, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound forward who has a mighty athletic pedigree: His father is former UGA football star Mo Lewis, who was an NFL Pro Bowl linebacker and played 13 seasons for the New York Jets.

After watching the young Lewis dominate in an AAU tournament over the weekend, both New Mexico (coached by former Georgia Tech guard Craig Neal) and Memphis offered extra early scholarships on Monday. Lewis plays for the Georgia Stars under-15 AAU team.

If you were a college coach, would you offer an 8th grader?

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“Craig Neal was first, and then the next thing I know I’m hearing from Josh Pastner at Memphis,” Milton High School coach David Boyd told the AJC.

“They love the fact that he’s 6-7 at 14 years old, and has been playing at a high level on the AAU circuit for the last three years. He has an outstanding athletic pedigree with his father’s football accomplishments.

“I have been waiting for that first offer to arrive … and it finally came today. I knew it was coming because Chris is that good, has that much upside and that much potential.”

Why on Earth would a college make a verbal offer to a middle schooler? More than likely, to gain an inside advantage later down the road. In Lewis’ case, much later – like the early signing period of 2016.

“You never know, we had two guys this year that ended up signing with the first school that offered them,” said Boyd, referring to senior swingman Evan Nolte (Virginia) and guard Shaq Johnson (Auburn).

Lewis is already a playground legend. He averaged more than 20 points per game at Northwestern Middle School, which is located right across the street from Milton, the Class AAAAA powerhouse that has won two state championships in the last three years.

This past summer, Lewis – before he even started classes in eighth grade – posted several double-doubles in points and rebounds in scrimmages against much older players from Milton’s eventual state championship team.

“I think he has a great chance to start for us as a freshman, and that tells you a lot,” Boyd said. “He would’ve played a lot for us this past season if the GHSA rules allowed an eighth-grader to play on our high school team. He’s that good. In middle school, he was dunking all over the place with both his right and left hand. That’s something special about Chris; he has an uncanny ability to use both of his hands very well.”

Boyd, who has coached for 28 years, said Lewis will be his first player that got a D1 offer as an eighth grader.

Who will offer next? Boyd is guessing it could be UGA or Georgia Tech because of his father’s connections and both being local schools.

Note: Prospective student-athletes can’t get written scholarship offers until before their senior season of high school. But they can get verbal offers at any time.

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87 comments Add your comment

G-Dawg

April 30th, 2012
3:44 pm

Redunkulous!!

www

April 30th, 2012
3:49 pm

i remember when david boyd was my assistant cross country coach at campbell high school.

he had his entire basketball team out running with the rest of us to improve their conditioning.

good coach, GREAT recruiter.

Goldenrod

April 30th, 2012
3:50 pm

Even though his dad was a mutt, I can assure you that when Chris Lewis signs his letter of intent it WILL BE with THE Georgia Institute of Technology, the premiere collegiate basketball institution in this state!

WE WILL RUN THIS STATE!

GTBob

April 30th, 2012
3:54 pm

Recruiting is pretty creepy sometimes.

rduck

April 30th, 2012
3:55 pm

no offense Goldenrod, But there are no premiere college basketball programs in the state of Georgia right now…

Dawg Haus

April 30th, 2012
3:58 pm

Rick

April 30th, 2012
3:59 pm

In related news, if this was football, Coach Rodney Garner would wait until the kid was a senior and had 70 offers before considering tending an offer from the university of Georgia. That’s THE GEORGIA WAY unfortunately.

Goldenrod

April 30th, 2012
3:59 pm

You’re right GTBob – any truth to the rumor that UGAg is hiring Sandusky to recruit for their prison, er, school?

THWG

rduck

April 30th, 2012
4:01 pm

agreed GTBob. These coaches can come off as such “lurkers” sometimes. BTW… When I read the title of this article, I was sure it was going to be a football player and that Lane Kiffins’ name would be involved…

Vampire Bill

April 30th, 2012
4:14 pm

Geez.. I was 6 foot 2 when I was 14 and the tallest human in the school. I can’t imagine 6′7 ouch..

George Stein

April 30th, 2012
4:14 pm

I wonder if he knows his dad made Tom Brady famous.

GT Alum

April 30th, 2012
4:16 pm

NCAA really needs to overhaul their recruiting policies.

Game Changer

April 30th, 2012
4:17 pm

If the GA basketball coach would just go to the Suwanee Sports Academy about 10 times every year and watch tournament games at 14 year ages and above, he could sign a better team that GA has put on court since early 1980’s

DawgInCoweta

April 30th, 2012
4:21 pm

You tech maggots and your classless comments disgust me!

p.s. you don’t run anything besides running crying out of the Joke by Coke after the Dawgs spank that nerd arse once again!

white

April 30th, 2012
4:26 pm

just so happen he at milton. boyd strikes again

Browncoat

April 30th, 2012
4:33 pm

This embodies everything that is wrong with college athletics.

Beast from the East

April 30th, 2012
4:36 pm

This is getting totally out of hand. Way too young and way too early.

cewbee

April 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

Disgusting! My son went to both NW and Milton. No BB acumen on his part, though tall…..(We’re happy w/ the AE degree from tech) But really – REALLY? Who knows where this kid will go both athletically and academically. 14 is waaay too young! What folly!

footballfan365

April 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

For everybody thats on here crying if this was your kid would you b&$&h and moan about early offers?

Duh

April 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

Colleges are just Minor League sports franchises.

FL Jacket

April 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

“I wonder if he knows his dad made Tom Brady famous.”

GS…I totally forgot Mo Lewis knocked out Drew Bledsoe

Paddy

April 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

How is this allowed by the NCAA?

footballfan365……..yes,yes,yes, a 1000 times yes. I would rasise holy h_ll about this behavior concerning my middle school child!

Delbert D.

April 30th, 2012
6:14 pm

Why aren’t the laws being being enforced to protect under age minors from these predators?

Big Crimson 75

April 30th, 2012
6:19 pm

Craig “Noodles” Neal should be GT’s Head Basketball Coach !!

I like Gregory, but Noodles was the better choice!!

ATL Sports Fan

April 30th, 2012
6:28 pm

Game changer still going to say your a GA alum? Is that Georgia College, cause its not UGA? If you knew anything about recruiting you would know the coaches can only attend a certain amount of these games. I went to 5 AAU tournaments in the Atlanta area last summer and saw Coach Fox at every one.

Jacket Fan

April 30th, 2012
6:38 pm

I must be missing something here. Why on earth would college coaches be contacting Coach Boyd? This kid is not in high school! I guess he is his spokesperson. “Craig Neal was first, and then the next thing I know I’m hearing from Josh Pastner at Memphis,” Milton High School coach David Boyd told the AJC. What happened to the dad being contacted and talking to the AJC!!!! This is where the GHSA and NCAA need to step in. What a joke this whole thing is!

Duh

April 30th, 2012
7:16 pm

Way to ruin this kids high school experience. Now he will have so much pressure on him to perform athletically, he won’t get to enjoy being a kid. They will have him out practicing, drilling and running non-stop his last 4 years of school. Forget hanging out with friends, he could endanger his health and risk losing his scholarship offers. I can guarantee you his next 4 years will be spent in a padded room away from any dangers of life. Poor kid.

Paddy

April 30th, 2012
7:21 pm

Milton HS principal needs to have a man to man talk with his coach. He has left the reservation. Guy does not have a clue!

GTBob

April 30th, 2012
7:34 pm

For everybody thats on here crying if this was your kid would you b&$&h and moan about early offers?

Yes, I would. Early offers are one thing. 8th grade offers are downright pathetic and I don’t want their manipulative lusting minds going after my 14 year old. They can wait a few years.

WTF

April 30th, 2012
7:36 pm

Goldenrod I think you took one rod to many.

WTF

April 30th, 2012
7:37 pm

Hey Goldenrod how many professors at GAY TECH are now going to jail.

GIVE ME A BREAK

April 30th, 2012
7:41 pm

Who cares. He a one and done.

GIVE ME A BREAK

April 30th, 2012
7:42 pm

UGA finally in the national news thanks to Caleb.

WTF

April 30th, 2012
7:44 pm

Tech was in the news nationally today also. One of their professors was arrested.

David Boyd

April 30th, 2012
8:02 pm

Seriously folks I had nothing to do with Lewis coming to Milton. He just happened to be at a AAU tournament I was watching and one thing led to another and he is a Milton Eagle. I will be teaching a lesson on proper conduct to all high school coaches when I retire about getting ball players to play for you. Until than you just have to take a back seat. GHSA thinks they run the show! Guess what I DO!

bucket

April 30th, 2012
8:09 pm

@ Goldenrod – your “UGA Obsession Disorder” is showing again. I bet you’re real proud of yourself for getting “ugag” and Sandusky into a discussion board that has nothing to do with UGA except that’s where the kids dad played football. It’s blowhards like you that make it impossible for fans of all schools to have a legitimate back and forth on these blogs.

@ GTBob – you have consistently condemned these types of actions by college recruiters and I agree with you 100%. I personally think no offers should be allowed before a kid has completed his jr year, but offering before high school is definately out of bounds in my opinion.

KJ

April 30th, 2012
8:10 pm

GTBob, if your kid shares any of your genetic material, I doubt you have to worry about anyone going after him for anything.

June

April 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

Where will he be academically in 4 years ? He will probably be at one of the best universities in the country. He is also a math and science prodigy and a lot more interested in academics. Got the athleticism in his genes.

Bo Knows

April 30th, 2012
8:50 pm

Just in. Second grader make a 3 point shot and is offered a D1 scholarship.

June

April 30th, 2012
8:57 pm

wow Bo – is it you?

catlady

April 30th, 2012
9:11 pm

Only 2? Check your records. Andraya Carter of Buford got a BUNCH of D1 offers as an 8th grader!

catlady

April 30th, 2012
9:14 pm

BTW, your poll question: Why would you not consider that a GIRL could be good enough to get a MAJOR COLLEGE OFFER (or a half dozen of them) as an 8th grader!?

dogman

April 30th, 2012
9:15 pm

Did they seal their offers with a “golden handshake” and promise of his pick of the cheerleaders?

bryan

April 30th, 2012
9:34 pm

@goldenrod– what was techs record this year? and last year? not sure they are runnin the state

bitter "spoiled recruit"

April 30th, 2012
9:44 pm

After lissening to m.c.———-THIS KID aint the only one still in MIDDLE SCHOOL—-hahahahahahah

JohnC

April 30th, 2012
9:47 pm

If it’s not in writing it’s not an official offer. Having said that, it’s a shame he seems to come from an affluent family, dad being ex-NFL and all. That may make difficult for Kentucky to “influence” him to go there.

kingdaddy

April 30th, 2012
9:50 pm

Where does it stop???

Paul in NH

April 30th, 2012
10:50 pm

Craig Neal offered? I am pretty sure that Craig Neal is an assistant to Steve Alford.

Bball00

April 30th, 2012
11:42 pm

Boyd sure does love the limelight.

Chris Hansen

May 1st, 2012
12:15 am

My special report on the subject of grown men chasing 14-year-old kids is coming soon.