ATLANTA - Chris Lewis is like a lot of middle school students but he really stands out in a crowd. That’s because Lewis is 6 feet 6 inches tall and this week he received scholarship offers from several major college basketball programs.
Channel 2’s John Bachman talked to Lewis at Northwestern Middle School where Chris is an eighth grader.
Lewis attracted attention last weekend when he dominated a basketball tournament for kids under 15 years old. On Monday, he was offered scholarships to play for New Mexico and the University of Memphis.
"I went into my garage and dribbled around. I was like, ‘Scholarship? Is this for real?’" he said.
Still, Lewis told Bachman he really doesn’t feel out of place.
“At the beginning I did, but everyone here is real nice and after a while they just got used to it," Lewis said.
Lewis dominates at a middle school that feeds into Milton High School, a Class AAAAA school that has won two of the last three state championships. However, he’s just as dominant in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. Lewis told Bachman he has two goals, either the NBA or a degree in engineering.
Lewis was born with an athletic pedigree. His father is former New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis.
More offers could be coming soon for Lewis. The middle school basketball sensation told Bachman he’s hoping for Harvard, Duke or North Carolina.