Flint Carman Ainsworth senior guard Ja’Kavien Lewis took full advantage of his opportunity in the spotlight at the Horatio Williams Tipoff Classic on Saturday.
The 6’0 guard had a breakout game offensively, knocking down multiple triples to compliment his reputation as one of the best on-ball defenders in Michigan.
Here’s our take on Ja’Kavien’s game:
Excellent On-Ball Defender – Ja’Kavien is a willing defender that moves his feet well, imposes his physicality on the ballhandler and has active hands when the ball is exposed. He is often able to bump ballhandlers off their spot with superior strength and rarely allows space or comfort.
Good Shooter – this is biggest development in Lewis’ game. He was able to bury three triples versus Renaissance. Two were of the catch and shoot variety from the corner, but he also nailed a stepback three off the dribble from the top of the key that brought some legitimacy to any sustainability concerns. He appears to have put in a ton of work over the Summer and is now a plus shooter from distance.
Transition Passing – this is very underrated part of Ja’Kavien’s game, as he made several accurate passes in transition to his wings for easy finishes. Most of these dimes required precision timing and touch in order to lead his teammates to scoring position. He is among the top 5 passers we’ve viewed in the state in this department, his passing in the open court is simply phenomenal.
Motor/Competitiveness – Lewis simply does not take plays off, he gives 100% on both ends of the court on every possession. He’s a coach’s dream because you can slide him to either guard spot and he’s going to make a positive impact on the game even if he’s not scoring.
Areas for Development:
Quickness/Acceleration – Ja’Kavien needs to improve his first step a bit in order to get better separation off the dribble as an on-ball guard. He already has superior strength and having some blow-by ability to compliment that would make him difficult to contain off the bounce. It would also aid him in being a lockdown defender at the next level.
Half Court Shot Creation/Playmaking – Lewis has a decent handle right now, and does flash some playmaking ability off the dribble at times, but continued development of his floor game will do wonders for his offensive versatility moving forward. In particular, some development working off the high ball screen and hitting roll men, scoring at the rim or hitting from midrange would take his game to another level.