KJ Lewis announces return to Arizona for sophomore season

May 17, 2024, 1:54 PM | Updated: 1:55 pm

Arizona basketball guard KJ Lewis announced his official return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season in a social media post Friday.

Lewis decided to give the 2024 NBA Draft process a shot in April while maintaining his college eligibility. Although he was not invited to the NBA combine, he did receive an invite to the G League Elite Camp, along with fellow Wildcat Caleb Love.

However, Lewis declined that invite.

The freshman appeared in all 36 games last season for Arizona. He averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. His 38 steals tied for the ninth best by a freshman in school history, helping him earn a Pac-12 All-Freshman honorable mention.

Lewis was a four-star Top 100 recruit coming out of high school.

Pelle Larsson and Keshad Johnson are two former Wildcats who participated in the NBA combine. Larson will forgo his remaining college eligibility. Johnson has none left.

While Love competed in the G League Elite Camp, he did not receive an invite to move onto the combine. Like Lewis, Love maintained his eligibility and has the option to return to college.

Arizona Basketball

Caleb Love, Arizona Wildcats...

Kevin Zimmerman

A flowchart: Caleb Love’s college return has recruiting fallout for Arizona, ASU and GCU

Caleb Love tested the NBA Draft before he returned to college. The domino effect impacted Arizona, Arizona State and Grand Canyon recruiting.

1 day ago

Big 12 logo...

Arizona Sports

Reports: Big 12 discussing naming rights deal with Allstate

The Big 12 is reportedly considering becoming the first conference to agree to a naming-rights deal with its conference brand.

2 days ago

Tommy Lloyd...

Arizona Sports

Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd, USA Basketball U18 team win 2024 FIBA AmeriCup

Arizona Wildcats head coach Tommy Lloyd and his USA Basketball Under-18 team closed out the 2024 FIBA AmeriCup with gold.

5 days ago

UConn head coach Dan Hurely...

Arizona Sports

Reports: Dan Hurley rejects Lakers’ contract offer, remaining with UConn

UConn head men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley turned down a six-year, $70 million offer to lead the Los Angeles Lakers.

5 days ago

Arizona AD Desiree Reed-Francois, Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark and Arizona State AD Graham Ros...

Kevin Zimmerman

Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark already planning for next TV deal

Big 12 commissioner Brett Yormark met with the Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday to present his plan for the new conference.

9 days ago

Chase Budinger sets a ball during the AVP Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on August 5, 2022 in Atl...

Ryan Pasiecznik

Former Wildcat Chase Budinger makes Olympic beach volleyball team

Former Arizona Wildcat and Phoenix Sun Chase Budinger will represent one of two beach volleyball teams for the U.S. in the 2024 Olympics.

9 days ago

KJ Lewis announces return to Arizona for sophomore season