Eighth-ranked Minnesota is experiencing perhaps its finest season since the Gophers’ run to the 1997 Final Four. As it turns out, one of the stars from that era is witnessing the basketball program’s renaissance from up close while fast becoming a Twin Cities institution.
Quincy Lewis was the sixth man on that ’97 team before taking over as a gifted scorer for the Gophers. His 23.1 PPG as a senior in 1998-1999 led the Big Ten, and he earned First Team All-Conference honors. Following a ten-year pro career that took him to the NBA, Israel, Greece and Spain, Lewis — a native of Little Rock, AR — returned to the Twin Cities and has thrown himself into his post-playing career.
In addition to serving as an assistant major gift officer for his alma mater’s Golden Gopher Fund, Lewis is an NBA analyst for “Wolves Live” on Fox Sports North, a college basketball analyst for ESPN Radio’s Twin Cities affiliate and an assistant basketball coach for Minneapolis’ De La Salle High School — Minnesota’s reigning 3A state champions.
The Gophers face a key road test when they travel to fifth-ranked Indiana on Saturday. Quincy Lewis profile