Family, friends, coaches and school officials looked on and cheered Thursday morning for Lakeya Lewis. She signed to play basketball for the Pratt Community College Beavers of Pratt, Kansas. The signing ceremony took place in the school library.
Lewis has an infectious smile and it was on display as she spoke with the Journal. She said, “The coach at Pratt told I was fast enough and a good shooter. After I work hard he would recommend me to a four year college. And perhaps someday to the WNBA.” Lewis added, “The advice he had was for me to be dedicated and work hard and put in the number of hours it takes to build up my skills.”
Lewis’ coach Missy Antilley said, “I think she will be picked up by a D-1 school next year.” Lewis has been considering several schools this spring and summer. “She made a very good decision (to go to Pratt)” added Antilley.
Athletic Director Billy Henry, Jr. and Lewis cut a huge congratulatory cake. Henry said, “Our athletes having the opportunity to go to college and advances themselves in sports and academically is an amazing site. Lewis’ success lets the younger kids coming up through elementary and middle school know what it takes to be successful.”