Card­ston prod­uct Lewis com­mits to the Ko­di­aks

Prairie Post (West Edition) - - Alberta -

Leth­bridge Col­lege Ko­di­aks men’s bas­ket­ball head coach Ryan Heg­gie has un­veiled a cov­eted lo­cal re­cruit as his first player sign­ing of the off-sea­son.

Card­ston prod­uct Ty Lewis has com­mit­ted to join the Ko­di­aks for 2020-21. A multi-sport ath­lete, Lewis com­peted in both bas­ket­ball and foot­ball for Card­ston High School.

“Ty is a player that was re­cruited by USPORT and other ACAC pro­grams, so be­ing able to sign him as a Ko­diak is an ex­cit­ing day,” says Heg­gie. “He plays a tough, un­selfish game of bas­ket­ball and win­ning mat­ters to him.”

Quick ball move­ment on of­fence and high-in­ten­sity de­fence were hall­marks of last year’s Ko­di­aks team that went 20-1 in con­fer­ence play, cap­tur­ing the ACAC south di­vi­sion ti­tle for the first time since 2011.

Un­for­tu­nately, the team fell short of its goal of win­ning an ACAC cham­pi­onship. How­ever, with mul­ti­ple re­turn­ing core pieces, Heg­gie is bank­ing on key ad­di­tions like Lewis to help push the Ko­di­aks to the next level.

When asked to de­scribe his game, Lewis hails him­self as a pass-first point guard that can also shoot the three – a com­bi­na­tion that will surely keep de­fend­ers on their toes.

“He can shoot it and fa­cil­i­tate the ball, and he won’t shy away from get­ting into some­one on the de­fen­sive side,” says Heg­gie. “He will give us some added depth at combo guard where the prac­tice com­pe­ti­tion will be in­tense.”

Lewis fol­lows in the foot­steps of his un­cle Orvil Smith, who suited up for the Ko­di­aks in the early 1980s.

De­spite hav­ing com­pet­ing of­fers, Lewis says the Ko­di­aks pro­gram in­stantly made him feel wel­come and that he ap­pre­ci­ates the “fam­ily feel” that Leth­bridge Col­lege pro­vides.

“It means a lot to join the Ko­di­aks pro­gram,” says Lewis. “I have al­ways had the goal of play­ing col­lege ath­let­ics and the Ko­di­aks have given me that chance.”

While no one knows for cer­tain what the up­com­ing sea­son will look like due to the COVID-19 pan­demic, Lewis says he can’t wait for the op­por­tu­nity to put on the Ko­di­aks uni­form.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to get­ting back on the court with a win­ning pro­gram that works hard,” says Lewis.

Learn more about the Ko­di­aks at goko­di­aks.ca and fol­low along all sea­son on Twit­ter, In­sta­gram and Face­book.

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