Lewis returning to JMU for senior season

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 3:29 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Matt Lewis is returning to James Madison for his senior season with the Dukes.

The JMU men’s basketball star announced in April that he was entering his name into the NBA Draft while maintaining his eligibility to return to the Dukes. Wednesday afternoon, JMU released an official statement saying Lewis is withdrawing from the draft and returning to Harrisonburg for his senior season.

JMU Athletics Statement on Matt Lewis returning for senior season

Rising senior guard Matt Lewis of the James Madison men’s basketball team has announced that he will withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft process and return to JMU for his senior season.

“I’m very thankful to have been able to go through this process and get the feedback I did,” Lewis said. “Now I’m looking forward to focusing all my attention on having the most successful senior year possible. I appreciate Coach Byington’s encouragement throughout this process and I’m excited to work with him towards a great season.”

In his first three seasons at JMU, Lewis has already written himself into the program record books, scoring 1,574 points though his junior year, already fourth on the Dukes’ all-time scoring chart. He also ranks sixth all-time at JMU with 195 career made three-pointers and third all-time with 411 made free throws.

“I’m sure JMU Nation, just like our team, is excited to have Matt back,” Head Coach Mark Byington said. “Matt is committed to winning and having a great senior year. He has the chance to go down in history as one of the all-time greats at JMU. I’m going to do my part and help him reach his goals this year and help his achieve his dream of playing at the highest level of basketball next year.”

This past season, Lewis set new career marks for field-goal percentage (41.0%), three-point percentage (37.3%), rebounding (5.5/game) and assists (3.4/game). For the year, Lewis was the only player in the CAA to rank among the league’s top 12 in all three of scoring, rebounding and assists. Lewis and the Dukes, who rolled out their 20-21 non-conference schedule earlier this summer, will welcome eight newcomers to the roster in their first season under Byington, who was named to the helm in March.

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