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Temple lands juco guard who is eligible to play this season

Isaiah Lewis, a well-traveled guard from Casper College, a junior college in Wyoming, will be joining Temples basketball program and be eligible this season.

Lewis, who will have two years of eligibility remaining, mentioned his decision on Twitter, his school also announced it, but Temple is holding off on an official announcement until all the appropriate paper work is done.

It's likely that Trey Lowe, who was involved in a one-car accident on Feb. 28 that caused him to miss the rest of the season, won't play this year. And Josh Brown had surgery on his left Achilles tendon on May 25, so his status is also unknown.

The 6-foot-4 Lewis is a point guard, who didn't play much in his lone season at Casper. Lewis averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists.

"He had a limited role, but he came up huge at the end of the year," said Casper College coach Dan Russell in a phone interview.

Lewis was beaten out for the starting point guard spot by current sophomore Deante Strickland, who according to Russell, just received an offer from Stony Brook.

Before coming to Casper, Lee spent a redshirt season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and then played his freshman season for Lee Junior College in Texas.

Then he transferred to Casper.

"Isaiah is a talented kid," Russell said. "Of course he wanted to start, but he did a great job buying into his role."

Russell said his 25-9 team had five players with Division I talent, so some good players had to come off the bench.

"Temple has had its eye on him for a while and (assistant) coach Shawn Trice did an unbelievable job recruiting him," Russell said. "Isaiah is a really talented kid who works hard and Temple will be happy to have him."