THE secret is out.
One of Sheffield Sharks’ most dangerous players is the one that opponents focus on least. When Canadian Nick Lewis made his debut for the club in October not many will have noticed the young point guard making his first strides in the professional game.
However, the 19-year-old, who is combining studying at Hallam University with playing for the Sharks, has done enough to impress coach Atiba Lyons and become a key part of his rotation.
Coming off the bench to form a speedy backcourt partnership with American BJ Holmes, Lewis is often the spark that gets the Sharks offence flowing.
Lyons said: “He’s definitely got the X-factor. If Nick can knock down a couple of shots I feel confident him being in the game. No one really puts him in their scouting report because he’s young and inconsistent at times.”
Shooting at above 40% from three-point range is anything but inconsistent. However, it’s Lewis’s shot selection on his misses that Lyons will aim to improve in his dual role as coach of the Sharks and the university first team.
Sharks travel to Cheshire Phoenix on Sunday for the first leg of the BBL Trophy semi-final. It’s their final match in February before 10 games in March, including eight at home.
Lyons said Lewis plays better in the comfy surroundings of the EIS, which could be a boost to Sharks’ chances of reaching the Trophy final and receiving a decent seeding in the first round of the play-offs.
“At home he plays a lot better. Hopefully he can really step up for us in this stretch,” he said. Lewis’s fellow countryman Mike Tuck has been rewarded for his excellent display last Friday against Manchester Giants by winning a place in the BBL team of the week.
The vastly experienced Tuck has received praise this week from Lyons for his improvement this season. He scored 22 points in the 95-87 win.