‘The dream is almost a reality’: Former Poly standout Justin Lewis ready for NBA draft and what comes next

Workout after workout in city after city, Justin Lewis has welcomed the grind as he gets closer to realizing his dream.

In preparation of the 2022 NBA draft, set to take place Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the former Poly and Marquette basketball star attended the NBA scouting combine last month in Chicago and has since worked out for more than a dozen franchises.

For the 20-year-old Lewis, who declared for the draft after his sensational sophomore season at Marquette, this demanding time has been a labor of love.

“My approach has just been to attack each workout as they come and just get better and have fun when I do them,” he said. “My love for the game helps me attack each and every day. It’s a tough process and my joy for the game helps me get better and I just keep trying to reach different goals in my life.”

One of his biggest goals going back to his childhood days is playing in the NBA, and he’s on the verge of making it happen. As a sophomore at Marquette, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward averaged a team-high 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds and was named Big East Most Improved Player and an All-Big East first-team selection.

He said the work he put in going into the season and the significant strides he made during it pushed him to turn pro. National experts have him going anywhere from the late first round to the middle of the second in mock drafts.

Thursday night can’t come soon enough for the Baltimore native.

“Now, the dream is almost a reality,” Lewis said. “I don’t even know how to explain it — just an exciting feeling to finally see the work I’ve put in and the things I’ve done over all the years are …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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