Blog – Lewis no longer on MSU basketball team (to be updated)

Wendell Lewis is no longer on the Mississippi State men’s basketball team a team spokesperson confirmed Thursday afternoon.

Lewis was dismissed from the squad after a violation of team rules.

“I am saddened by the actions we had to take because we brought Wendell back to give him an opportunity to complete his senior year on the court healthy and earn his degree,” MSU second-year head coach Rick Ray said in a school release.

Lewis is the second player the Bulldogs have lost in the last two weeks. Guard Jalen Steele decided not to play his senior year, although he will remain on scholarship and try to graduate from MSU. Lewis will also remain on scholarship.

Junior Roquez Johnson is the last remaining scholarship player from the Rick Stansbury era.

The center played in just eight games during the 2012-13 season, his senior year, after suffering a fractured right patella in practice.

He was granted a medical redshirt and was on track to return to action in December to the hard court.

Ray told reporters in the spring the decision to take advantage of the extra year and play for the Bulldogs was going to be left up to Lewis.

He was granted an extra season with the Bulldogs on June 25 of this year

“We are pleased that the SEC has granted Wendell another year of eligibility,” Ray said in the school release reporting the extra year for Lewis. “I really believe that Wendell needed another year in our program to improve on the court because he was just beginning to make strides right before his injury after coming off tow straight games where he scored career highs. This move is beneficial for both Wendell and our basketball program.”

In the two games before his injury, he scored 20 points against Texas-San Antonio and tallied 16 against Providnece. He also pulled down 11 rebounds against the Friars for his first double-double of the season and the second of his career.

He averaged 8.1 points per game during the eight games he played in last season.

Lewis appeared in 98 games during his career, drawing 13 starts. He averaged 3.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds. He pulled down 321 rebounds during his career.

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