MBA student Michael Lewis named Wayne State Student-Athlete of the Year

This story is excerpted from the original by Jeff Weiss, Wayne State's senior associate director of athletics/media relations.

Wayne State University Director of Athletics Rob Fournier announced the 2016-17 Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year. Candidates were judged on academic distinction, athletic accomplishments, individual involvement and University and community service, as well as coaches' recommendation.

Women's softball player Lyndsay Butler (Cambridge, Ont.) and men's basketball forward Michael Lewis (Ann Arbor, Mich. / Huron) were selected as the 2016-17 female and male student-athletes of the year after being nominated by their respective coaches with voting by the athletic department's coaches and administrative staff.  Lewis spent the entire 2016-17 academic year in graduate school.

Lewis earned a 2016-17 GLIAC Winter Sports Commissioner's Award for academic and athletic excellence.  An All-GLIAC Defensive Team selection, he was also named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Team after using his final year of eligibility as a graduate student since he completed his bachelor's degree in marketing in May of 2016.

He started all 26 games as a senior and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District nominee.  Lewis earned a spot on the Academic Honor Roll all 10 semesters at WSU, including six terms with at least a 3.5 GPA.  A two-time nominee for the NABC Good Works Team, he was also one of 12 national Honorable Mention recipients of the Haier Achievement Award in 2016.  Lewis concluded his career 17th in three-point field goal percentage (min. 50 made - .382/ 60-157), 19th in rebounds (495), tied-for-20th in minutes played (2,376), tied-for-28th in three-pointers made (60) and 36th in career scoring with 838 points.  He scored in double figures 40 times with six games of at least 20 points.

Lewis earned a bachelor's degree in marketing in 2016 and is currently working on his M.B.A. in the Mike Ilitch School of Business.