The Manchester Giants can confirm that due to injury, Francois Lewis has left the club. 

The 6”9 forward joined the Giants from a previous stint in Uruguay with Club Trouville Montevideo, before that the Orlando native was off the back of a very strong senior year at Presbitaryan where he averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds which earned him an All Big South honourable mention. 

Since joining the Giants, Lewis had an emerging second half of the season as the big man contributed both from the bench and also as a starter within head coach Lloyd Gardner’s rotation. 

A stop start period of the season slowed down his progress with illness and a wrist injury adding to Lewis’ troubles. The injury was recently assessed and it was deemed that it would be  needing extensive time to heal. This length of time would subsequently run into the postseason. 

“I’ve had a great time here and I’m glad I was able to be a contribution to what we have built here this season. It was truly a blessing” Said Francois Lewis. 

Francois’ time here was essential to the team, specifically in the Giants’ record win over the Lions. Lewis led scorers that night with 20 points. He also grabbed 7 rebounds and a pair of blocks as he had a monstrous performance and a night to remember.

“Francois has contributed in so many ways and much of that he was playing at 80% due to illness and injury.  We all agreed that pushing his return could affect him long term.” Said Head Coach Lloyd Gardner 

We all wish Francois a good recovery and our best wishes. Injuries have come at different times of this season and the squad, as they have demonstrated they will step up where they have to.” said Jamie Edwards, “we are moving into a time of the season where our form is improving in time for a strong finish.”

The Manchester Giants wish Francois Lewis the best with his recovery and the best with his future. 

Words – Michael Blain

Photo – Harry Collins