Duquesne junior guard Mike Lewis II will leave the program, Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned.
Lewis, a 6-foot-1 guard, had been the most experienced player on Duquesne’s roster, playing in 76 games over the last three seasons.
He was a member of the Atlantic-10 All-Rookie team after a breakout freshman season in 2016-17, the final season of head coach Jim Ferry’s tenure with the Dukes. Lewis started 31 games, and averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game. He shot 46 percent from the field and added 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.
After Ferry’s departure, Lewis was a key contributor that stuck around for the start of the Keith Dambrot Era in 2017-18. He again led Duquesne in scoring with 14.4 points per game.
With nine new freshman coming in as part of Dambrot’s first full recruiting class, Lewis’ role has diminished this season. After averaging 32 and 31.1 minutes per game over the last two seasons, he had averaged 16.8 minutes in Duquesne’s first 12 games this season.
A cold streak of shooting didn’t help matters, as Lewis hit 3-pointers at a career-low 32.4 percent clip so far this season. He’s also just 9 of 12 (69.2 percent) from the free-throw line.
If Lewis enrolls in another school for the start of the spring semester, he’ll have to sit out two semesters and will have one left to play, starting in January 2020. If he waits until next fall to enroll in a new school, he’ll have to sit out the 2019-20 season and will be eligible to play the entire 2020-21 season.
Jeff Goodman of Stadium was the first to report that Lewis would transfer.