MIAMI (April 30, 2012) - High-scoring, combo guard Diamante "Dee" Lewis from Ocala, Fla., has signed a national letter of intent to play men's basketball at FIU, Head Coach Richard Pitino announced Monday.
"We are extremely excited at the addition of Diamante Lewis to our basketball program," Pitino said. "He is a perfect fit for how we want to play. The sky is the limit for him basketball-wise. Our goal from day one has been to get the best players in the state of Florida to stay home. We feel we have accomplished that with Diamante Lewis. He's a tremendous player and an even better person."
Lewis, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound, guard from Lake Weir High School (Ocala, Fla.) averaged 28.4 points-per-game, 6.1 assists-per-game, 7.2 rebounds-per-game and 2.9 steals-per-game during his senior season with the Hurricanes. He led Marion County in scoring, assists and steals during the 2011-12 season. As a senior, Lewis earned FABC Class 6A all-state honors, while being named the Ocala Star-Banner Player of the Year (second-straight year). During his junior season, Lewis averaged 20.9 points-per-game and 3.3 steals-per-contest to lead Lake Weir to a 23-6 mark and the team's first district title in 36 years.
The spring signing period continues through May 16.
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About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.
About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/