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Ex-Griff Zach Lewis gets desired 'promotion;' will he be more fulfilled?

Former Canisius College guard Zach Lewis got the college basketball "promotion" he was looking for Tuesday by deciding to transfer to the University of Massachusetts, according to ESPN recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein.

Lewis decided to transfer from Canisius last month because of a desire to play at a higher level. UMass plays in the Atlantic 10, which ranked seventh of 33 conferences last season. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference ranked 22nd. UMass is just an hour away from Lewis’ home in Windsor, Conn. Lewis will have to sit out the coming season.

It will be interesting to see if Lewis has a more fulfilling career at UMass.

Canisius has been a winner the past two seasons under coach Jim Baron and looks like it’s set up for continued success. UMass has won 20 or more games three of the last four seasons.

Lewis, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, had a good situation at Canisius. He led the Griffs in minutes played (32.2 a game) and scoring (12.5). Baron allowed him to take the fifth most shots in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, even though Lewis made only 33 percent from the field. Lewis ranked third in the MAAC in three-point attempts, despite hitting 31 percent behind the arc. Lewis was a third-team all-MAAC pick this year.

It’s not hard to imagine Lewis as a first-team all-MAAC player. Is he going to be an upper-level player in the Atlantic 10? Lewis will have to improve his game. He has a habit of falling away severely on his perimeter shots. He needs to square up better.

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