Canisius officially announced that sophomore Zach Lewis, who led the team with 12.5 ppg this past season, will transfer.
“We are disappointed to learn that Zach wants to transfer from Canisius,” head coach Jim Baron said in a statement. “He has been a hard worker and a good teammate, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Lewis made the All-MAAC third team this past season after ranking 16th among all players with 12.5 ppg and leading the team with 2.5 apg. The first true freshman to play for the Golden Griffins under Baron, Lewis thrived in his first season. He started 19 of the 32 games he played, scoring 9.5 ppg and became the first freshman since 2007 to make the MAAC All-Rookie team.
He originally committed to Hofstra before de-committing in April 2012, spending a year at Fishburne Military School in Virginia. He then committed to Canisius in the fall.
His transfer could decimate the Golden Griffins’ chances for the 2015-16 season. With Lewis’ transfer, Canisius will lose 46.5% of their scoring from this past season.
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