UMass gets commitment from transfer guard

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UMass received a commitment from a volume-shooting transfer guard on Tuesday as Canisius sophomore Zach Lewis pledged to the Minutemen. The transfer was first reported by Adam Finklestein of ESPN.com.

While the 6-foot-3 guard will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, he will replace some guards who are leaving the year he’s allowed to set foot on the floor for two more years of eligibility.

Lewis led the Golden Griffins in scoring last season at 12.5 points per game and saw his field-goal percentage drop to 33 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range. He was also a third-team All-MAAC selection. With a season of being able to redshirt, Lewis could become a nice rotation member to the UMass backcourt after he further develops and has some more scoring help.

Trey Davis and Jabarie Hinds will both be gone from the Minutemen backcourt by the time Lewis is eligible, so he’ll take one of those spots in the rotation.