February 21, 2003
Former Runnin' Colonials Stars Ready to Shine in Australian League
Top-Scoring Graduates Take Their Skills Down Under
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VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA - Southampton College's Jason Lewis and Curtis Small, the third and fourth top-scoring basketball stars in Runnin' Colonial history, have exported their talents to the Victoria Basketball League of Australia. Jason Lewis has signed on with the Melton Thoroughbreds in Melton, Victoria. This town on the outskirts of Melbourne is glad to have their new international addition, according to Coach Scott Sinclair. "He's only a young bloke -22- and he'll be a good fit." Curtis Small plays for the Warrnambool Seahawks of Warrnambool, Victoria. This team has a strong chance at the finals and coaches believe that Small will bring them even closer to that goal. Small expressed his appreciation at being recruited to the Seahawks. "I'm just glad to have this opportunity," Small told an Australian newspaper. "I'm going to take basketball as far as I can and just be thankful for the opportunities." Small and Lewis ended their senior year ranked Nos. 6 and 18 in the nation in scoring in NCAA Division II with 23 and 20.9 points per game respectively. Small led the nation, in all three divisions, in free-throw percentage, hitting an incredible 94 percent of his foul shots. He finished with a massive 1668 career points. Lewis averaged a double-double on the year, including 10.2 rebounds per game, which placed him at No. 17 in the nation for that category. He also had a fantastic career, with 1732 points and 963 rebounds. At the end of their spectacular run at Southampton College, Lewis and Small were both added to the All ECAC Tournament team. Small was also honored as MVP. Lewis was later named to the NCAA's All Northeast team. Both players have also been chosen to lead junior basketball clinics for their respective new teams. Lewis is enthusiastic about this opportunity. ``I always loved the game of basketball, right from when I was a little kid, and I didn't want to stop playing, and also I want to teach kids. I'd been running some camps at home,'' Lewis said.