Michael Lewis Biography
Michael Lewis was a former basketball player for the Indiana Hoosiers and current assistant coach of the UCLA Bruins Men’s Basketball team. Michael Lewis played for Indiana for four seasons from 1996-2000 under head coach Bob Knight. In his final season with the Hoosiers, Lewis averaged 5.3 assists per game and had a true shooting percentage of 63.5%. Both statistics topped the Big Ten conference in the 1999-2000 season.
- Name: Michael Lewis
- Position: Point Guard
- Nationality: USA
- Birthday: July 27, 1977
- Age: 44 years old
- Hometown: Jasper, Indiana
- High School: Jasper High School
- Height: 6’1″ (185 cm)
- Weight: 185 lb (85 kg)
- Seasons: 4 (1996-2000)
- Jersey: #24
- NBA Draft: 2000/Undrafted
Michael Lewis on Social Media
- Twitter: @CoachMikeLewis
Awards and Accolades
- 2000 Big Ten leader in Assists
- 2000 Big Ten leader in True Shooting Percentage
- Second in Assists in Indiana history (545)
Michael Lewis Seasons with the Hoosiers
22-11 (9-9 Big Ten)
🏅 NCAA First Round
20-12 (9-7 Big Ten)
🏅 NCAA Second Round
23-11 (9-7 Big Ten)
🏅 NCAA Second Round
20-9 (10-6 Big Ten)
🏅 NCAA First Round
Michael Lewis Indiana University Career Statistics
Michael Lewis Recruiting Profile and High School Career
Lewis was recruited out of high school by Coach Bobby Knight. Known to be a big-time scorer, Lewis was anticipated to adapt and bring that high level of scoring to NCAA.
Michael Lewis Indiana University Career
Lewis started in the first game of his freshman year against Connecticut, where the Hoosiers scraped by with a difficult win. These kinds of games would continue throughout the season, inevitably dropping the Hoosiers to 6th place in the Big Ten and knocking them out the first round of the NCAA tournament.
After developing his skills all of freshman year, Lewis came prepared to fill in the newly created hole in the Point Guard position that was created with the loss of many starting players from the previous year. While he played admirably and consistently delivered results on the court, the Hoosiers had yet another rough year, ending the season with a disappointing loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Although he was anticipated to be a large scorer throughout high school, Lewis fell into a more supportive role by his Junior year at Indiana. He thrived in his role, leading the team from the floor and setting up his fellow players well. He was praised by Coach Knight for his hard-nosed play style. In his junior season, Lewis helped his team remain consistently ranked in the AP Polls, turning Indiana into a true threat on the court.
By his senior year, Lewis had lead IU in assists for the past two seasons. The team had a distinct advantage over the other Big Ten teams this season, as IU had three returning senior guards. One of Lewis’ most successful moments of his senior year was leading the Hoosiers to victory over the Kentucky Wildcats for the first time in six years. In his final game, Lewis passed Quinn Buckner to become Indiana’s career leader in assists with 545.
Yogi Ferrell would later surpass Michael Lewis’s career assists in January of 2016.
Michael Lewis Career after Indiana University
After graduating from IU, Lewis spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech before accepting a job as an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He then became an assistant coach at Eastern Illinois University, where he coached for six seasons. In this time period Lewis was named one of the top five assistant coaches in the Ohio Valley Conference.
After working at Eastern Illinois, Lewis accepted an offer to assistant coach at Butler University in 2011. In the next five seasons Butler would go 108-63 and have four postseason appearances, including a 27-9 season in 2012-2013.
After five season with Butler, Lewis accepted a new assistant coach position with University of Nebraska, where he helped coach the Cornhuskers to 41 victories over two seasons, the most consecutive victories since 1990-1992. In 2017-2018, the Huskers went 22-11, their highest scoring average in 22 seasons.
In 2019, Lewis was offered to assistant coach for UCLA under head coach Mick Cronin. He accepted, stating that it is “an unbelievable opportunity”.
Michael Lewis Videos and Highlights
(Contributor: David Schell)