Zach Lewis transferring to UMass

By Nick Veronica

Zach Lewis

Zach Lewis

Zach Lewis wanted to leave Canisius for a higher level of play. He’ll get that in the Atlantic 10.

After announcing his intent to transfer last month, ESPN reported Tuesday that Lewis is headed to UMass. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2015-16 season.

Lewis, a Third Team All-MAAC selection in each of his two seasons at Canisius, must have made a decent impression on Minutemen coach Derek Kellogg during their Dec. 13 game in Amherst, Mass. UMass cruised to a 75-58 win while Lewis led the Griffs with 13 points on 5-of-15 shooting.

The jump from the MAAC to the A-10 should give Lewis a more appropriate role on offense. He was often asked to do too much on last season’s young Canisius team, and his shooting percentage suffered (dropping from .399 as a freshman alongside MAAC MVP Billy Baron to .334 as a sophomore). With better scorers around him, Lewis won’t have to be the main scoring threat and won’t need to create his own shot nearly as often.

The move to Massachusetts also sends Lewis closer to his hometown of Windsor, Conn. He turns 21 in October.

UMass last advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2013-14.