Manchester Giants have completed the signing of 6’9″ combo forward Francois Lewis, an Orlando native who last featured for Club Trouville Montevideo in Uruguay’s top division following a college career at Presbyterian.
He has been a double-figure scorer with a smooth stroke on almost every stop in his career, and is known as an excellent passer of the ball at his size.
The 24-year-old averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game as a senior for the Presbyterian Blue Hose in 2018-19, second on the team in both categories and third in assists with 1.6 per outing; finishing the season as an All-Big South Honourable Mention.
After losing out in the conference tournament quarter-finals that year, Lewis made a strong showing in the post-season invitational CollegeInisder.com Tournament (CIT). Again making a run to the quarter-finals before losing to eventual champions Marshall, he averaged 14 points per game including 19 and five made three-pointers in the win over Robert Morris that got them to that stage.
On the season, he had nine games with more than 20 points and poured in a career-high 35 in just 32 minutes against St. Francis in November 2018, which was the fourth highest single game total in Presbyterian history. He ended his college career as one of just four players representing the Big South in the Dos Equis 3×3 National Championships, reaching the final 16.
“What we have in Francois is someone who has qualities we want at the club on and off the floor to build with,” said Giants owner Jamie Edwards
As a rookie professional, Lewis was picked up by Panionios in the formidable Greek top division, where he put up 12 points and 4 rebounds per game in two contests alongside former Plymouth star Rickey McGill, before departing for South America. In Uruguay he posted 10 points per game, peaking at 29 points in 28 minutes on five made triples in a narrow one-point overtime defeat to Aguada.
Lewis is a published author, both with a written account of his own experiences, ‘Through My Eyes’, and more recently with, ‘Love Letters: Volume One’. He also hosts his own podcast, ‘Be Unique Always’.
“I’m excited to be apart of the Giants family. Ready to embrace the city, meet all the fans and play for the green and white,” added Francois Lewis.