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Texas Transfer Julien Lewis Gives Another Major Boost to Fresno State Bulldogs

Brendan Maloney-USA Today Sports

The Fresno State Bulldogs have picked up a new component to their program’s on the rise expectations, as Texas transfer Julien Lewis pledged his commitment on Thursday night.

Lewis, who was one of a few Longhorns that opted to transfer following a disappointing season in Austin, will have to sit out this upcoming year, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining when he can take the court during the 2014-15 season.

Lewis’ decision doesn’t come as all that much of a surprise, but in turn, Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry is putting together quite the lineup — one that could have NCAA Tournament aspirations in the coming years. The Bulldogs are still young and although Lewis will not be able to play next season, Fresno State has increasing expectations in the seasons to follow.

Sophomore forwards Braeden Anderson and Robert Upshaw are two names that the Mountain West Conference will have to be well aware of in the coming years. Ironically enough, Lewis isn’t the only Big 12 transfer on the roster at Fresno State — Cesar Guerrero, who once played at Oklahoma State is another intricate part of the Bulldogs’ future and on the rise expectations.

As for Lewis, well, he was the Longhorns’ third leading scorer this past season, averaging 11.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game this past season. Lewis has a unique skill set and he should fit well with the Bulldogs out west.

Watch out for Fresno State in the coming years.

 

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