Former Duquesne guard Mike Lewis II will transfer to Nevada, he announced on Twitter Thursday afternoon.
Lewis, a junior, will walk-on at Nevada in January, and unless he is able to get an NCAA waiver, will have to sit out a year, which will leave him with three semesters of eligibility remaining, beginning in January 2020.
The Dukes’ leading scorer over the last two seasons, Lewis saw a decrease in minutes this season with four transfers and seven freshmen populating the Duquesne rotation. The 6-foot-1 guard from St. Louis, Missouri finished his Duquesne career with 979 points in 76 games.
“Mike is a quality person who always represented Duquesne University and the men’s basketball program in the highest possible manner,” Duquesne head coach Keith Dambrot said in a press release when Lewis announced his transfer. “I have a lot of respect for Mike and will support him as he pursues new opportunities.”
Nevada head coach Eric Musselman continues to build his program through transfers, and Lewis is the second transfer from the Pittsburgh area to join the Wolfpack this January, joining former Pitt small forward Shamiel Stevenson.
The team Musselman built last year that made it to the Sweet Sixteen had five transfers among its six regulars, and at one point this offseason, they had so many transfers that they were over the scholarship limit and had to send one to Oregon. The Wolfpack are currently 13-0 and ranked sixth in the country.
In Duquesne’s last two non-conference games, Tavian Dunn-Dunn-Martin and Frankie Hughes drew into the starting lineup in place of Lewis.
He had seen some of his minutes reduced by the emergence of freshman guards Sincere Carry and Lamar Norman as well as transfers Dunn-Martin and Hughes.
Duquesne will start Atlantic-10 play on Saturday at Davidson at 6 p.m.
This story has been updated.