Nov. 15, 2004
ATLANTA – Lewis Clinch, a 6-2 guard rated as high as No. 27 among all high school seniors in the nation, signed a letter-of-intent to attend Georgia Tech and play basketball Monday, head coach Paul Hewitt announced.
Clinch, from Crisp County High School in Cordele, Ga., becomes the second prep star to cast his lot with the Yellow Jackets during the early signing period and joins 6-1 point guard Austin Jackson, rated No. 49 in the nation, in Tech’s recruiting class.
A high honorable mention All-America by Street & Smith’s magazine, Clinch is rated the 27th-best prospect in the United States by TheInsiders.com and No. 36 by Rivals.com. Athlon Sports ranked him No. 10 in the country among shooting guards.
“Lewis is an outstanding scorer who is also a very unselfish player,” said Hewitt. “We are very pleased to have him join our program.”
Also a football and a baseball player at Crisp County, the 180-pound Clinch averaged 26 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals per game last season as a junior.
The NCAA’s early signing period runs through Wednesday.