By Matt Sugam
PISCATAWAY – Greg Lewis’ sophomore season is over before it began. Head coach Mike Rice said that Lewis would redshirt this season as he is still recovering from a knee injury.
“He’s had some complications with his knee,” Rice said. “But it’s not a medical redshirt.”
With what Rice said is a bone bruise, Lewis could have potentially came back midseason. But with a healthy Kadeem Jack and Wally Judge entering the fray along with reserves Austin Johnson and Derrick Randall, Rutgers has enough depth in the front court to make due without Lewis. And in the end, it will benefit both parties.
“I think it’s good for both the program and himself,” Rice said. “He’s going to be so much more developed and mature. His skills and his body are just developing everyday. Two years down the line he’s going to be a monster, so we’re really excited.”
It was a decision made easier after the 6-foo-9, 240 pound forward’s experiences from last season. Missing most of the preseason with an appendix issue, Lewis struggled to get acquainted with the college game as a freshman, averaging 0.6 points and 1 rebound a game. Coming in midseason this year could spell the same issue.
“A mature approached decision that him and his family and the coaching staff came too,” Rice said. “And again, with the complications in his knee and being uncomfortable, same thing with his appendix last year, he missed all of preseason and it’s the same thing.
He’s going to have to catch up and by the time he’s ready it’s late December, so he’s like ‘look, let me make sure I’m completely healthy, let me have time off and let me heal this thing properly and I’ll redshrit for the year.’”