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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

Vanderbilt guard Paul Lewis enters transfer portal

The former three-star prospect will hit the portal with two years of eligibility remaining.
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Nikita Rohila
Paul Lewis signals to teammates during the game against Kentucky, as photographed on Feb. 6, 2024. (Hustler Multimedia/Nikita Rohila)

On Monday afternoon, sources announced that Vanderbilt sophomore guard Paul Lewis will be entering the transfer portal. Lewis will be the fourth Commodore entering the portal, as Lee Dort, Colin Smith and Jason Rivera-Torres all listed transferring as a future option. 

The former three-star recruit out of Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Va. played a pivotal role in Jerry Stackhouse’s rotation as he played in 31 games and started in 3 of them. Averaging 4.4 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.2 minutes per game, Lewis had issues with efficiency at points during the year, shooting 32.1% from the field and 23.1% from three.

Even then, Lewis showed flashes of talent as a guard off the bench in support of Ezra Manjon and Tyrin Lawrence. Lewis posted a career-high in points against Georgia with 18 in February and also played a major part in Vanderbilt’s upset of Arkansas by posting 11 points, a steal and a block. 

With two years of eligibility remaining, Lewis can be a great backup guard for any team and there is no clear indication that Lewis will follow a path similar to Rivera-Torres and Smith by leaving the door open for a return to Vanderbilt.

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David Hernandez
David Hernandez, Lead Sports Analyst
David Hernandez (‘26) is a student in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in political science and law, history and society with a minor in communication studies. Outside of writing for The Hustler, you can find him playing basketball, catching up on his favorite shows and mourning the tragedy that is New York sports. He can be reached at [email protected].
Nikita Rohila
Nikita Rohila, Senior Staff Photographer
Nikita Rohila ('25) is from a small town in Arkansas and is majoring in psychology and medicine, health and society in the College of Arts and Science. She previously served as Deputy Social Media Director. During her free time, she enjoys roaming around the city and getting cinematic-style shots for her photography account! You can reach her at [email protected].
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