Michael Lewis

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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: 42 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

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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

1996-1997 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (26th Season)
22-11 (9-9 Big Ten)
5th Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA First Round
1997-1998 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (27th Season)
20-12 (9-7 Big Ten)
4th Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Second Round
1998-1999 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (28th Season)
23-11 (9-7 Big Ten)
🥈 2nd Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA Second Round
1999-2000 Indiana Basketball Season
Bob Knight (29th Season)
20-9 (10-6 Big Ten)
4th Place Big Ten
🏅 NCAA First Round

Michael Lewis Indiana University Career Statistics

Year G GS Min FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% Off Def Reb A Stl BS TO Pts Avg
1996-1997 33 14 681 45 122 0.369 12 38 0.316 87 109 0.798 14 57 71 95 28 1 70 189 5.7
1997-1998 32 20 795 49 100 0.490 15 40 0.375 84 101 0.832 13 67 80 150 29 2 79 197 6.2
1998-1999 33 13 791 58 112 0.518 15 43 0.349 71 90 0.789 9 52 61 147 22 4 68 202 6.1
1999-2000 29 19 896 96 185 0.519 25 66 0.379 82 106 0.774 15 99 114 153 38 4 73 299 10.3
Career 127 66 3163 248 519 0.478 67 187 0.358 324 406 0.798 51 275 326 545 117 11 290 887 7.0

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.

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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.

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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.

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In 2019, Lewis was offered to assistant coach for UCLA under head coach Mick Cronin. He accepted, stating that it is “an unbelievable opportunity”.

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