Ann Arbor Huron senior Lewis Willis is one of the best available unsigned guards in Michigan.
The 6’2 floor general had a stellar performance at the Motor City Roundball Classic with 18 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds.
Here’s our take on Lewis’ game:
Physical Attributes – Willis has excellent size for a lead guard at around 6’2 and 185-195 pounds. He can see over the top of the defense, absorb contact without losing balance and finish in the paint in large part due to his size.
Vision/Passing – this is the best part of Lewis’ game, he is superb at finding teammates for easy baskets once he forces helpside defense to commit to stopping him off the dribble. He’s a very versatile passer, as he’s stellar at dumpoffs in the paint, skip passes to the weak side, and kickouts to shooters whether bounce passes, chest passes or one-handers.
Good Shooter – Willis is a good shooter when his feet are set. He consistently buries shots from distance with solid mechanics and good arch on his shot.
Floater – Lewis has a tremendous weapon in his bag of tricks in the form of a floater from 7-12 feet. He’s not an explosive athlete, so having this in his arsenal is so valuable. Willis consistently knocks down this floater after getting separation off the dribble from several different angles and utilizes the backboard when appropriate. It’s such a big part of his scoring game and it also forces opposing bigs to show early and that provides passing lanes for dumpoffs.
Poise -Willis completely controls the tempo of the game and the defense is never able to force him into playing faster than his preferred pace. He makes sound decisions, rarely turns the ball over and does not over-extend his skillset.
Areas for Development:
Ballhandling – while Lewis doesn’t have a bad handle and shows the ability to change direction, he can get a bit loose with his handle, in particular with his right hand. Needs to tighten that up a bit to avoid any potential turnovers.
Athleticism – Willis has superior strength against most HS prospects, but needs to get a bit quicker and improve his top end speed and first step acceleration. That will help enable him to get more separation off the dribble and become a better on-ball defender.