South Suburban College’s Rhyss Lewis named All-American

Selected for National All-Star Game in Las Vegas

information provided by South Suburban College

Rhyss Lewis
SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (April 23, 2019) – South Suburban College Men’s Basketball student-athlete Rhyss Lewis recently received two major post-season honors. Lewis was named All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II, and he was selected to play in their National All-Star Game in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A sophomore guard, Lewis averaged 26.6 points, 3.5 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.2 steals this season for the SSC Bulldogs. He represents the 10th First Team All-American under Head Coach John Pigatti in his 13 seasons at South Suburban.

Lewis led the Bulldogs to the District III Championship Game and a 28-4 record this season. He was previously named to the All-Tournament Team and was named District III Player of the Year.

“Being recognized as All-American is a great honor,” said Lewis. “A lot of credit goes to my coaches and teammates—we stayed together through a lot of changes and really had a great season.”

Lewis, a graduate of Chesterton High School in Indiana, came to SSC in 2019 after one year at Iowa Western.

“Coach Pigatti toughened me up, made me take responsibility and become more mature. And South Suburban College provided the tools and academic support to be successful,” said Lewis. “This entire experience taught me how to overcome adversity.”

The All-Star game will be played on Saturday, May 18, at 4:30pm CT in the Orleans Arena. The game will feature the best players in the country from NJCAA Division I, II, and III schools.

“I am very happy for Rhyss,” said Coach Pigatti. “He has been through a lot and worked very hard this season to get to this point. Being named 1st Team All-American and to the NJCAA National All-Star Game is very special. Rhyss has a very bright future in this game. We were very lucky to have a person of his quality representing the school.”

The main campus of South Suburban College is located at 15800 South State Street in South Holland, Illinois.

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