A St. Louis University official confirmed that guard Mike Lewis II will not play basketball next season for the Billikens after he announced on social media Saturday that he was turning professional due to “unforeseen complications with the NCAA.”
Lewis had enrolled and was taking a class while awaiting word from the NCAA on whether he would become eligible to play at the start of the 2019-20 season or after the fall semester.
The shooting guard’s transfer to SLU had become official after he spent one semester at Nevada following 2 ½ seasons at Duquesne. Lewis played high school basketball at Chaminade.
“Due to unforeseen complications with the NCAA about my Senior year… I will be starting my professional career this upcoming season,” he wrote on Twitter. “This is a dream come true and the beginning of a new chapter in my life. I want to thank everyone who has helped me. It’s just the beginning…”
Lewis and coach Travis Ford did not respond to requests for comment or explanation.
Lewis left Duquesne after the first semester of last school year and transferred to Nevada. However, after coach Eric Musselman left, he opted to transfer to SLU after completing the spring semester.
An announcement about his eligibility at SLU had not been made.
“It’s just a process you go through. I have no idea. No clue,” Ford said two weeks ago. “I think there’s a lot of circumstances in his background that people got waivers for.”
Lewis averaged more than 14 points as a freshman and sophomore at Duquesne. He started to see less playing time as a junior before opting to leave.