Abdul Lewis

South Alabama’s leading rebounder to transfer

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After leading the team in rebounding as a freshman with an average of 6.9 boards per contest, South Alabama freshman Abdul Lewis has decided to transfer. News of Lewis’ decision was announced by South Alabama head coach Matthew Graves Wednesday afternoon.

“I would like to thank Abdul for his contributions to the program this past season and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” Graves said in the release. “He will be granted a full release to transfer back closer to home and I would anticipate him being able to find a situation that allows him to be within an hour or two from there.”

The 6-foot-9 Lewis, a native of Newark, Nw Jersey, also averaged 7.0 points per game and started 27 of the 33 games he played in. With Lewis moving on and fellow forward Dionte Ferguson (11.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) out of eligibility, the Jaguars will have to account for the loss of their top two rebounders from last season.

Rising junior forward Georgi Boyanov, who averaged 4.7 rebounds per contest in 2014-15, will be South Alabama’s leading returning rebounder. The Jaguars also return rising senior Tafari Whittingham and add three newcomers in Loyola Marymount transfer Nick Stover (who sat out last season) and freshmen Josh Ajayi and Nikola Marijan to the front court rotation.