FORT WAYNE – Aaron Rehrer and Kendan Lewis really didn’t have a lot of knowledge of each other two years ago.
Rehrer was in his first year as a head coach and his first year at Wayne after being an assistant coach at South Side for years, while Lewis was a transfer who had spent his first two years at Carroll.
Kendan was more of a raw player when we got him from Carroll, Rehrer said. He had fundamentals, but I think that he just needed more game experience in order to develop more as an all-around player.
I remember seeing him in tryouts in my first year, and I was amazed by the athleticism and his willingness to be coached.
Rehrer’s system with the Generals fit Lewis’ developing game.
Coming from Carroll, which was more of slow-paced basketball, and I knew Wayne got up and down the court a lot, Lewis said. That fit my style a little bit better because I like to get out and run.
After averaging 5.0 points as a junior in his first season at Wayne, the 6-foot-3 guard/forward averaged 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.6 steals as a senior, earning a chance to play college basketball at Saint Francis.
Lewis also earned a spot on the Indiana boys roster as part of Saturday’s 20th annual Nancy Rehm/Border Wars Classic, sponsored by The Journal Gazette and McDonald’s.
My junior year I didn’t expect to play varsity very much, I just wanted to dress and maybe get some varsity time, Lewis said. When (Rehrer) started playing me on varsity, I figured I had to step up my game.
Lewis was named the Generals’ most improved player as a senior.
Kendan came a long way as far as his basketball skills and knowledge of the game in the two years that he was in our program, Rehrer said. If there was ever a time that Kendan didn’t know how to do something or had a question about a philosophy that we were teaching, then he was the first person to ask how to do it or why we did it that way.
When Kendan came from Carroll, he was mainly a slasher. He worked very hard on his shot and his ball-handling and became much more of a complete player. By his senior year, he was one of the better shooters in our program.
After going to Miami Middle School, Lewis went to Carroll for two years. He then moved in with his mother (Jannie Burkhamer) on the south side of town and enrolled at Wayne and an ideal match was created between player and program.
He was a perfect fit for the type of player that I am looking for in my program, Rehrer said. I could always count on Kendan to come to practice and games with a positive attitude, and I always knew that he was going to work hard for us.