Jai Lewis

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Jai Lewis
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Personal information
Born (1983-02-13) February 13, 1983 (age 34)
Aberdeen, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school Aberdeen (Aberdeen, Maryland)
Maine Central Institute
(Pittsfield, Maine)
College George Mason (2002–2006)
NBA draft 2006 / Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present
Position Forward
Career history
2006 KK Bosna
2006–2007 Ironi Ramat Gan
2007 Strasbourg IG
2007–2008 Hapoel Galil Elyon
2008–2009 Levanga Hokkaido
2009–2010 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2010 Ironi Ramat Gan
2010–2011 Levanga Hokkaido
2011 Changwon LG Sakers
2011–2013 Levanga Hokkaido
2013 Once Caldas

Jai Lamar Lewis (born February 13, 1983) is an American basketball player who last played for Once Caldas in Colombia.

College career[edit]

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.

NFL attempt[edit]

Lewis was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants of the National Football League following the 2006 NFL Draft wanting to pursue a career similar to Antonio Gates and Marcus Pollard.

He ended his pursuit of an NFL career as an offensive tackle to pursue his basketball options.[1] 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).

Professional career[edit]

Weeks after leaving the Giants, Lewis signed with KK Bosna for $8,000 a month.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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.[2] 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.

Prior to the 2010-11 season he returned to Ironi Ramat Gan from Israel, and played in Liga Leumit for 4 games in 2010. He has now moved to Japan to play top basketball.

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