While sports fans all throughout Harford County wait to see high school competition again, Havre de Grace senior Marlon Lewis ponders his future as well.
Lewis, a 6-5, 225-pound talented basketball player, is dominant on the court, but that hasn’t led to the next chapter, at least to this point.
Currently not committed to college, Lewis says he has options. “COVID has played a serious role. I don’t want to throw any option away, but we’ve had several different options. We’ve had college, overseas, and also G-League,” Lewis said.
The G League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory.
“Unfortunately, I don’t know which one to pick, I mean I’ve been over here struggling just trying to make a conscious decision that potentially will affect my life for the rest of my life,” Lewis said.
Despite no decision and with no high school basketball to be played, Lewis still plays when and where he can. And he works out.
“I kind of made up a gym for myself type of thing. It doesn’t consist of most things, but I got two concrete bricks, I got a yoga mat. That’s just for strength,” he said. “I’ve got two basketballs and I just continue to dribble, shoot shots. I mean, it’s freezing outside now, so whenever we can get in a gym. I’m just trying get in as much work as possible.”
Lewis says he isn’t sure whether the outside courts at the new school are open, so he still goes over to the courts across the street from the old school to play. That is, when it’s not freezing.
Indoors, Lewis has played some with the Maryland Spartans, a team he says has a number of unsigned seniors.
League play ended last weekend and Lewis says he started off a little slow, getting back into the action. Especially, under officiated games. Lewis says he started to come on late in the season.
That season, much like the past two high school seasons Lewis has shared with his Warriors teammates, ended a game or two short.
The Spartans lost in the semifinals. “Just my luck,” Lewis said.
Lewis and the Warriors went 23-1 in 2018-2019 and lost in the region final and then last season, finished 21-4 with a loss in state quarterfinal play. The Warriors won UCBAC Chesapeake Division titles both seasons.
In three high school seasons, including a freshman year at Woodlawn, Lewis’ career record is 68-6.
In the 2018-19 season, Lewis averaged 18.3 points and 8.8 rebounds a game. He also had 50 steals and 38 blocks. In 2019-20, he averaged 20.1 points and 8.0 rebounds, with 36 steals and 34 blocks.
Lewis, though, isn’t all broke up about the possibility of not having a senior hoop season. “The thought of it kind of hurts, but at the end of the day, gotta move on with life. I don’t think I will let it affect me,” he said. “That’s a brand new gym, it’s pretty and all, but we are on to the next level, I can’t still be worried about high school. Have to start getting prepared for the college game, bigger and stronger.”
That has started, but there is work to do. “I started lifting, adding more pounds. I noticed, I would go to these runs in Philadelphia and New Jersey, they were college runs. These dudes were massive, they were just throwing me around,” Lewis said. “Now that I’ve added some weight and I’m learning how to use it.”
If Lewis can find a college, he plans to study criminal justice or forensic science.
“The school that sticks out to me, I was definitely trying to get into West Virginia. Their playing style, they press. I studied that school a lot,” Lewis said.
Lewis also shared his thoughts on virtual learning. “I honestly don’t like it, I feel like it doesn’t really help. Don’t really learn anything if that makes sense,” he said. “It’s hard to teach 36 kids on a video call, there’s no one-on-one attention that kids need. I think some kids are left out and I don’t think it’s a good idea. I struggled in school, but I’d rather be in school.”
And though he loves the game of basketball and is pretty good at playing, it’s not the most important item on his agenda.
“I couldn’t say that, big goal is to get a degree,” Lewis said reference playing professionally. “My biggest goal is to get a degree. I would love to play professionally, but I’d be happy with a degree.”