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Guy V. Lewis Top 50 watch list announced

De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings won the Guy V. Lewis Award two years ago. Vype

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As district play begins in basketball, so does the Guy V. Lewis 2017-18 Award watch list.

Houston is home to the likes of NBA pros such as De’Aaron Fox (Cy Lakes) and Justin Jackson (HCYA) of the Sacramento Kings, Justise Winslow (St. John’s) of the Miami Heat, Wesley Iwundu (Westfield) of the Orlando Magic, Joseph Young of Indiana Pacers, Kelly Oubre (Bush) of Washington and Andrew Harrison (Travis) of the Memphis Grizzlies. Don’t forget Gerald Green of the Rockets who played at Gulf Shores Academy.

These are the guys who came before this installment of the Guy V. Lewis Award. College Park’s Quentin Grimes, Sam Houston’s Kendric Davis and Jamal Bieniemy headline the list, but there are dozens of H-Town hoopers challenging for the city’s top player award.

HERE IS THE TOP 50 WATCH LIST

SENIORS

Abdul Atatishe, Westside

Ajare Sanni, Clear Lake

Bryson Etienne, Bush

Cliff Guidry, St. John’s

Darius Mickens, Willis

DJ Peavy, Dekaney

DJ Weaver, Cy Falls

Durey Cadwell, Klein Forest

Efe Odige, ProVision

Jackson Moffatt, Magnolia

Jaedon Ledee, Kinkaid

Jamal Bieniemy, Tompkins

Jay Lewis, Conroe

Jeremiah Gambrell, Madison

Jermaine Drewery, North Forest

Jock Hughes, Yates

Keith Haymon, Cy Ranch

Kendric Davis, Sam Houston

Kobe Wilson, Atascocita

Miller Kopp, Houston Chrisitian

Mitchell Seraille, Yates

Neil Van Beck, Westside

Nigel Hawkins, Cy Falls

PJ Byrd, Bush

Quentin Grimes, College Park

Romello Wilbert, The Woodlands

Tamir Bynum, Lamar

Terrell Wilson, FB Marshall

Trajan Wesley, Cy Falls

Tristan Ikpe, Deer Park

Tyrone McMillan, Houston Davis

Uche Dibiamaka, Second Baptist

Zach Nuttall, Bryan

JUNIORS

AJ Ragland, Bellaire

Delor Johnson, Cy Ranch

Donovan Williams, Elkins

Ja’Mere Redus, Eisenhower

Ja’Mare Redus, Eisenhower

Javonnne Lowery, Pearland

Jesse Zarzuela, Spring Woods

Keionte Cornelius, Spring

Montavious Murphy, Klein Collins

Pierce Hellums, Concordia Lutheran

Sahvir Wheeler, Houston Christian

Tayvion Fisher, Foster

Tyron Henry, Shadow Creek

SOPHOMORES

Jahari Long, Episcopal

LJ Cryer, Morton Ranch

Micah Peavy, Dekaney

Tramon Mark, Dickinson

The award is named for Guy V. Lewis, the legendary Hall of Fame coach who led the University of Houston to five Final Four appearances, 592 wins and was the architect of the “Game of the Century” between the Cougars and UCLA.

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