All-Atlantic Coast Conference, 1968
ACC Rebounding Champion, 1966, 1968
A native of Missoula, Montana, Mike Lewis was a Duke basketball standout from 1966 through 1968. The 6-7, 225-pounder twice led the ACC in rebounding and helped the Blue Devils to a number three national finish in 1966.
A rugged defensive specialist and good scorer, Lewis broke into the Duke lineup as a sophomore and averaged 13.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game in Duke's drive to the Final Four. The team was ranked number one in the nation during the regular season before finishing third with a 26-4 record. Lewis helped key an upset of then top-ranked UCLA by grabbing 21 rebounds in an early-season contest with the Bruins in Durham.
Duke had a combined 40-15 record during Lewis' junior and senior seasons and played in the NIT both years. He led the squad in rebounding both years and topped the ACC in that category as a senior with a 14.4 average. He was chosen the team's most valuable player, was a unanimous selection to the All-ACC team and made second-team All-America.
Lewis finished his Duke career with 1,416 points and 1,051 rebounds. He holds the Duke record for best career rebounding average with a 12.5 mark and was the fifth best rebounder in ACC history when he graduated. He now stands 13th in career scoring and fourth in career rebounding in Duke annals.
Lewis played professional basketball for six years in the ABA before an Achilles tendon injury ended his career.