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Men's basketball program signs four to National Letters of Intent

Courtesy: UTSA Athletics
Release: 07/02/2013
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SAN ANTONIO — UTSA head men’s basketball coach Brooks Thompson announced Monday that he has signed Keon Lewis (Seattle, Wash./North Idaho JC), Larry Lewis (Scottsdale, Ariz./Westwind Prep), Kaj Sherman (Mercer Island, Wash./North Idaho JC) and James Williams (Arlington, Texas/Logan JC) to National Letters of Intent. The quartet and 2012 fall signee Luke Wilshire (San Antonio/Johnson HS) will join the Roadrunners for the 2013-14 season, which will be the program's first in Conference USA.

“We’re very excited about this signing class,” Thompson said. “We’ve added depth and size to our roster, which is what we were looking for as we move into Conference USA. Not only are they good basketball players, they are high-character young men who will fit in very well with our program and represent UTSA in a positive light.”


Keon Lewis  ·  6-2  ·  180  ·  Jr.  ·  Guard
Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth HS/North Idaho JC)

Averaged 13.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game for head coach Jared Phay … helped North Idaho College to a 26-5 overall record and a 13-2 mark and runner-up finish in the Scenic West Athletic Conference in 2012-13 … earned first-team All-Region 18 honors … topped 20 points in three games … his scoring average ranked fifth in the league …  posted 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals per contest as a freshman when he was a teammate of current UTSA senior Edrico McGregor … named second-team all-region in helping the Cardinals to a 24-8 record … averaged 19.5 points per game as a senior at Chief Sealth High School … helped the Seahawks reach the 2011 Class 3A state tournament.

Larry Lewis  ·  6-2  ·  175  ·  Fr.  ·  Guard
Scottsdale, Ariz. (Arcadia HS/Westwind Prep)

Posted 21.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game in 2012-13 for head coach Jeff De Laveaga at Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix, Ariz. … led Arcadia High School to a 25-7 record and the Division II state semifinals as a senior … averaged 23.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.6 steals in his final season with the Titans … named 2011-12 Arizona Division II Player of the Year and D-II Section III Player of the Year … helped Arcadia to a 26-2 mark and the state quarterfinals as a junior after posting 25.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game … regarded as Arizona’s top overall prep prospect for the 2012 class by numerous recruiting publications … also played for the Arizona Magic AAU program … will have four years of eligibility remaining at UTSA.

Kaj Sherman  ·  7-0  ·  250  ·  Jr.  ·  Center
Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island HS/North Idaho JC)

Averaged 8.3 points on 56.7-percent shooting, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in 2012-13 for head coach Jared Phay at North Idaho College … 67 of his 115 rebounds came on the offensive glass (2.4 per game) … helped the Cardinals to a 26-5 overall record and a 13-2 mark and runner-up finish in the Scenic West Athletic Conference  … ranked in the league’s statistical top 10 in five different categories, including third in blocks and fifth in rebounding … posted 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest as a freshman when he was a teammate of current UTSA senior Edrico McGregor, helping the Cardinals to a 24-8 record … blocked 10 shots, a conference season high, against Columbia Basin … topped 10 rebounds in 11 games and posted six double-doubles during his two-year career … first name is pronounced KY (rhymes with BY).

James Williams  ·  6-4  ·  190  ·  So.  ·  Guard
Arlington, Texas (God’s Academy/Logan [Ill.] JC)

Averaged 9.2 points on 44.2-percent shooting and 3.3 rebounds per game as a freshman for head coach Kyle Smithpeters at John Logan College in Carterville, Ill.  … poured in 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line, against Vincennes … scored 21 on a 4-for-6 effort from downtown and 7-of-11 overall in a 92-89 win against Lake Land … helped the Volunteers to an 18-12 record and a tie for second place with a 10-6 mark in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference … scored 18 points per game and was the team MVP as a senior at God’s Academy in Plano for head coach Tim Miller in 2010-11 … earned all-tournament honors after leading the Ambassadors to their third consecutive National Prep Alliance Championship … averaged 12 points and was the team’s Most Improved Player as a junior … helped lead the Ambassadors to a 33-9 record and the Prep Alliance and NACA Championships in 2008-09.


2012-13 UTSA Men's Basketball Signing Class
 Name  Pos.   Height 
Weight  Yr.-Exp.  Hometown (High School/Previous School)
 Keon Lewis G 6-2 180 Jr.-TR Seattle, Wash. (Chief Sealth HS/North Idaho JC)
 Larry Lewis G 6-2 175 Fr.-HS Scottsdale, Ariz. (Arcadia HS/Westwind Prep)
 Kaj Sherman C 7-0 250 Jr.-TR Mercer Island, Wash. (Mercer Island HS/North Idaho JC)
 James Williams G 6-4 190 So.-TR Arlington, Texas (God’s Academy/Logan [Ill.] JC)
 Luke Wilshire G 6-5 195 Fr.-HS San Antonio, Texas (Johnson HS)
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