Former Pauley and Marquette forward Justin Lewis agreed to a two-way deal with the Chicago Bulls. according to Athleticafter being unselected in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night.
Lewis, 20, joined the Bulls, who went 46-36 last season under coach Billy Donovan and returned to the playoffs for the first time in five years before losing to the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Chicago drafted Arizona point guard Dalén Terry with the 18th pick on Thursday.
According on ESPNBilateral contracts in the 2022/23 season will be equal to half the minimum wage for a rookie, or approximately $502,000 per year. Two-way players compete in the NBA G League and can play up to 50 games for their team during the regular season, but are not eligible to play in the postseason.
Lewis is finishing a breakout sophomore season with Marquette in which he averaged 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game while leading the Golden Eagles in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-foot-7, 237-pound forward was named the Big East’s Most Improved Player and selected to the Big East First Team.
Lewis, who started in all 32 games, had a team-leading five double-doubles, finishing third in the conference in scoring and seventh in field goal percentage (.440). He had four games in which he scored 25 or more points, including 33 in a win over Seton Hall in January.
Lewis’ sophomore campaign was a step up from his freshman, averaging just 7.8 points in 21 games (one start). He only scored in double figures nine times and missed seven games with an ankle injury.
In high school, Lewis was a four-star rookie and one of the top players in the Baltimore area, ranking third best in the state and 17th best forward in the class of 2020, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. .
The Baltimore native spent his freshman season at Calvert Hall before finishing his high school career at Pauley, where he led the Engineers to two state titles with a total of 1,374 career points, the third most in school history. Lewis was named The Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year for 2019–20, averaging 19.3 points and 13.4 rebounds per game.
Meanwhile, Duke quarterback Trevor Keels, a Clinton native of Prince George’s County and a former honor student of Paul VI at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, was drafted 42nd overall by the New York Knicks in the second round.