Jai Lewis enters his fourth year with the Patriots and is a returning starter in the frontcourt... Wide-body player who is strong in the paint... Also can move to the perimeter and handle the ball on the wing... Tough, aggressive post player with great hands and a good shooting touch around the basket... Solid rebounder... Effective shooter facing the basket and posts up well... Majoring in sport management.
CAREER LIST ENTERING 2005-06 SEASON: Ranked 22nd in scoring, seventh in field goal percentage, 10th in rebounding, 27th in assists, 23rd in steals and tied for 11th in blocked shots.
2004-05: Named an all-CAA second team selection... Preseason All-CAA First Team... Started 29 of 29 games... Led George Mason in rebounding at 7.5 boards per game and ranked third in scoring with 13.0 points per outing... Also led the team in blocked shots (31)... Was second in field goal percentage, shooting 49.8 percent from the floor... Ranked second on the squad in steals (40)... Connected at 71.5 percent from the free throw line... One of two players to start every game... Averaged 29.5 minutes per game... Totaled 12.9 points and 7.1 rebounds against conference opponents... Recorded seven double-doubles on the season... Scored in double figures 20 times and tallied 10 or more rebounds eight times... Registered 20 or more points four times, including a career-high 31 against Drexel (1/19/05), going 10-for-14 from the floor and making 11-of-12 from the free throw line... Also grabbed 13 caroms against the Dragons (1/19/05)... Logged 14 points and a season-high 14 rebounds at Towson (2/9/05)... Totaled 12 points, eight rebounds and a career-best five assists against IPFW (11/11/04)... Made first career three-point basket at UNC Wilmington (2/2/05)... Became the 25th player in Mason history to score 1,000 more career points in the Feb. 16 game against Old Dominion... Ranked 14th in the CAA in scoring average and fourth overall in rebounding... Finished third in the league in field goal percentage and was tied for 10th in steals... Was 7th in the conference in blocked shots... Led or tied for the team lead in scoring six times and in rebounding 16 times.
2003-04: Earned all-CAA first team honors... Started 29 of 33 games... Played 27.6 minutes per contest... Averaged 14.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per outing... Led George Mason in scoring and rebounding... Named to the CAA all-tournament team... Garnered VaSID all-State second team accolades... One of two conference players to earn CAA Player of the Week three times (1/5/04; 1/26/04; 2/16/04)... Also led the Patriots in blocked shots (30) and field goal percentage, shooting 59.7 percent from the floor... Finished the season leading the conference in field goal percentage and ranked 10th nationally... Added 38 assists... Was third on the squad in steals with 36... Shot 65.2 percent from the free throw line... Collected a career-high five steals against Va. Commonwealth (2/11/04)... Tied his career-high with four assists at Old Dominion (2/28/04)... Scored in double figures 26 times... Tallied 20 or more points on three occasions (21 at UNC Wilmington, 1/21/04; 26 at Delaware, 1/28/04; 21 vs. William & Mary, 1/31/04)... Posted 10 or more rebounds eight times... Had seven double-doubles on the season, including two in the first three games of the year... Recorded a career-best 26 points at Delaware on 10-of-12 shooting... Grabbed career-high 16 rebounds against William & Mary (1/31/04)... Ranked sixth in the CAA in scoring and was third overall in rebounding... Listed eighth in the league in blocked shots per game (0.91)... Made 10-of-11 free throws at Va. Commonwealth (1/17/04)... Led or tied for the Patriot lead in scoring 14 times and in rebounding 24 times.
2002-03: Selected to CAA all-Rookie team... Appeared in all 28 games, earning nine starts... Averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds while playing 22.4 minutes per contest... Shot 53.1 percent from the floor to lead the Patriots and 53.0 percent from the free throw line... Scored in double figures seven times... Had 10 or more rebounds twice... Finished second on the team in rebounding average... Totaled 25 assists and 15 steals... Posted 12 points and four boards at Southern Illinois (11/24/02)... Was named CAA Rookie of the Week after recording a season-best 17 points on 7-for-7 shooting, logging six rebounds, and adding two blocked shots versus Hartford (12/23/02)... Posted first career double-double at James Madison (1/18/03) with 13 points and season-high 11 caroms and six free throws... Nearly earned his second double-double with 14 points and nine boards at Hofstra (1/8/03)... Pulled down 10 rebounds and added five points vs. Towson (2/1/03)... Had 11 points each at Virginia Commonwealth (2/8/03) and against Old Dominion (2/24/03)... Tied for 14th in the league in rebounding... Dished out season-high four assists versus UNC Wilmington (1/27/03)... Tallied two steals four times (last at Hofstra)... Led the Patriots or tied for the lead in rebounding five times... Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in the spring.
HIGH SCHOOL: Had outstanding three-year varsity career at Aberdeen High School for Coach Richard Hart... Earned Baltimore Sun all-Metropolitan and all-county honors twice each... Averaged 14.7 points, 18.3 rebounds, 4.2 blocked shots and 3.4 assists per game as a senior with the Eagles in 2000-01... Had career highs of 37 points and 27 rebounds... Helped lead Aberdeen to Maryland Class 2A state championship as a junior and finished career with 993 points and more than 1,000 rebounds... Spent 2001-02 season as a postgraduate player at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, ME, playing for Coach Karl Henrikson... Was selected as Huskies' MVP as he helped lead team to 25-5 record while averaging 14 points and nine rebounds per game.
PERSONAL: Full name is Jai Lamar Lewis ... Born February 13, 1983 ... Son of Sandra and Fletcher Lewis ... Has one brother and one sister ... 2001 graduate of Aberdeen High School, where he also lettered twice in football and lacrosse and once in track & field.