I had the honor of sitting down with my friend Tyler Lewis earlier this week to discuss Faith and Basketball. Tyler’s humility, love for basketball, passion for God, and work ethic are evident. I hope this brief interview inspires you as you get an inside look at Tyler’s faith and life.
ME: When did you start playing basketball and why?
LEWIS: I started playing basketball around the age of three or four. I saw my dad and brother playing all the time, and looked up to my brother, so I naturally wanted to play too.
ME: You were heavily recruited and nationally ranked in high school, what were the schools you had it narrowed down to?
LEWIS: Wake Forest, Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Miami.
ME: Why did you pick State?
LEWIS: I had made a verbal to State when I was a sophomore. I really loved the atmosphere, the school, the students, the fans, as well as the team. It would have been a school I picked even if I wasn’t playing basketball.
ME: How does NC State look this year? You guys lost Scott Wood, CJ Leslie, Lorenzo Brown, and Richard Howell.
LEWIS: Those guys were obviously a big part of our team. I think a lot of people are definitely going to be sleeping on us. We have some good recruits, as well as returning players. The chemistry of the team is better this year; we are also putting in a lot of work. I think we will surprise a lot of people this year.
ME: What are your goals this year at State?
LEWIS: I really want to step up as a leader, both vocally and by example.
ME: How does your relationship with God impact how you play basketball?
LEWIS: God leads me in everything. I try and honor him when I play. That means putting in the hard work, as well as leading by example. I know God will get me through the tough times, and the good times. I just stay true to Him through it all.
ME: When did you become a Christian?
LEWIS: I became a Christian at a young age. I grew up in a strong Christian family. I would always go to church with them. I enjoyed learning about God in Sunday School. I knew Jesus was my Savior from a young age, and that He sacrificed everything for us.
ME: What is God currently teaching you right now?
LEWIS: Just to stay true to my faith in God. Sometimes when stuff isn’t going the way you want it to, you start to question stuff. God has a plan. Even when I don’t know what He is doing, He always works it out.
ME: What is your favorite book in the Bible?
LEWIS: Proverbs. It has a lot of great advice and wisdom on life.
ME: What is your major at State, and what do you see yourself hopefully doing after you graduate?
LEWIS: Sports Management. I would love to play basketball professionally for a few years. Ultimately, I want to be a college basketball coach. I have a good basketball IQ, leadership ability, and just a lot of experience playing the game. I think I’d be a good coach, and I’d love it.
ME: What are your favorite accomplishments?
LEWIS: I have had a lot of accomplishments, but a few stick out. Going undefeated at Oak Hill, and winning the National Championship. Playing in the McDonalds All American Game was really fun. It was a blessing to be able to play with great talent, as well as meet children at the Ronald McDonald House.
ME: What NBA player would you compare yourself to?
LEWIS: Steve Nash.
ME: Tyler, what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
LEWIS: Man, you put me on the spot. I’ve been given some great advice. However, my sister told me once “Don’t worry about what others think about you, life is short, and be happy.
Garrett Ventry is a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, NAMB Church Planting Intern, Community Group Leader at Vintage Church, and Founder of Rebel Ministries. @garrettventry
Tyler Lewis is a sophomore point guard at North Carolina State University. He was a McDonalds All American, and National Champion with Oak Hill. @tylewis_12