February 13, 1983 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|High school||Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Maryland)
Maine Central Institute
|College||George Mason (2002–2006)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2006–present|
|2006–2007||Ironi Ramat Gan|
|2007–2008||Hapoel Galil Elyon|
|2009–2010||Rain or Shine Elasto Painters|
|2010||Ironi Ramat Gan|
|2011||Changwon LG Sakers|
Jai Lamar Lewis (born February 13, 1983) is an American basketball player who last played for Once Caldas in Colombia.
He grew up in Aberdeen, Maryland and was best known for his career in college basketball at George Mason University. A power forward, Lewis was the primary inside force for the Patriots during their "Cinderella" run to the 2006 Final Four.
He ended his pursuit of an NFL career as an offensive tackle to pursue his basketball options. Although he was listed at Mason as 6'7", 275 lb (2.01 m, 125 kg), the Giants listed him at 6'5", 292 lb (1.96 m, 133 kg).
Weeks after leaving the Giants, Lewis signed with KK Bosna for $8,000 a month. Lewis was expected to play a significant role for the defending champions. However, Lewis was released from his contract in just six weeks. The team felt he was too small to play power forward in the Adriatic League.
Shortly after leaving Bosna, Lewis signed to play in Israel for Ironi Ramat Gan. The contract was for "more than $5,000 a month". In twenty-seven games, he averaged 15.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.7 steals.
Following his rookie season in Israel, Jai Lewis signed with Strasbourg IG, a French team. Just four games into the season, with Lewis averaging only 3 points on 27% shooting, Strasbourg released Lewis.
After playing for Strasbourg, Jai Lewis signed with Hapoel Galil Elyon, another Israeli team, to finish the 2008 season. He finished the season averaging 12.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.7 steals in league play. Next, Lewis played for the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the Philippine Basketball Association along with former George Mason University teammate Fil-Am guard Gabe Norwood.
- George Mason Patriots men's basketball
- 2005-06 George Mason Patriots men's basketball season
- 2004-05 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team
- "Jai Lewis Pursues Professional Career". UFA. 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-03-14.