Sunday, April 16, 2017

Zach Lewis returns to MAAC, immediately eligible for Iona

Zach Lewis, a former All-MAAC selection at Canisius before transferring to UMass, has committed to Iona as graduate transfer and is immediately eligible for Gaels. (Photo by Vincent Simone/NYC Buckets)

The annual offseason retooling has begun in earnest for Iona.

The two-time defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions have found the second piece to their stable of newcomers, as Zach Lewis committed to the Gaels as a graduate transfer early Sunday evening, per a source close to the situation. The commitment comes just two days after he visited the New Rochelle campus, a development reported initially by both ZagsBlog's Adam Zagoria and CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein.

A native of Windsor, Connecticut, Lewis is immediately eligible for head coach Tim Cluess after finishing his junior year at the University of Massachusetts. At UMass last season, he averaged 8.8 points per game as the Minutemen's sixth man, and announced he would complete his final campaign at another institution after head coach Derek Kellogg was dismissed last month.

Lewis is also no stranger to the MAAC, having played his first two seasons for Jim Baron at Iona's conference rival, Canisius. An All-Rookie selection as a freshman and third team all-conference honoree as a sophomore, Lewis scored 717 points for the Golden Griffins, helping lead them to the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament in both seasons. In five games against the Gaels, he averaged 15 points per game. Overall, he is a 1,000-point scorer and a lethal knockdown shooter that should provide the perfect complement to Rickey McGill and Schadrac Casimir in the Iona backcourt.

Lewis' arrival comes a week after Iona received a commitment from a second graduate transfer, Tulsa forward TK Edogi, and hours after Quinnipiac helped shore up their depth with the additions of Tulsa freshman Travis Atson and Penn State graduate transfer Isaiah Washington.

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