July 5, 2010

Lewis looking for more as a sophomore

In an ideal situation Wendell Lewis could have sat out last season with a redshirt and observed SEC basketball up close from the bench before suiting up.

But the 6-foot-8 forward was forced into action early with Mississippi State's lack of depth down low causing him not only to learn quickly but also forced him out of position.

Despite being undersized in most matchups, Lewis played center behind Jarvis Varnado during 2009-10 season and buying the NCAA's all-time leading shot blocker valuable minutes on the bench.

Lewis appeared in 26 games as a reserve last season averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.5 minutes per game.

The Selma, Ala., native admitted that things did not come easy during his rookie yearin maroon and white but began to get better as the season progressed.

"I didn't think it was going to be that hard learning the plays and the stuff that they wanted me to as a freshman," Lewis said. "But as the year went on I grasped it and learned it. I feel like I learned a lot from last year and I feel like I'm going to be ready this year."

This year Lewis expects to move back to his natural power forward position but is willing to continue playing the five spot if that's where the Bulldogs need him.

"I think I am going to play the four," Lewis said. "But I might be bouncing back and forth. I won't really know until we start back practicing. I'm kind of ready to move back but if they want me to play the five then I don't mind."

Lewis is also looking forward to more minutes this season and productivity as a sophomore. He hopes to help fill the void left by Varnado down low.

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