A former member of the Subury Five, Carl Lewis III, was shot and killed in what investigators have described as possibly being gang related. Lewis was 19.
The 6′ 10″, 280 pound Lynwood, CA, native was released by the Five in March this year though Sudbury coach Logan Stutz remained in touch with Lewis.
“I was always a fan of Carl’s, and even after the season went, I talked to two or three teams and we set up workouts for him, we communicated and promoted him, as we do all of our players,” Stutz said.
Lewis was a product of Compton and Lynwood high schools and Hillcrest Prep who had a lot of upside and a skill set in development. He had committed to New Mexico State, but decided to turn pro the Five in the fall of 2019.
“I know Carl came from a little bit of a troubled past, but if anybody got a chance to spend some time with him and meet him here in Sudbury, you wouldn’t have known anything, because he was good in the community,” Stutz said. “He made people smile, and nobody would have every known what he came from or what his background was like.”
The Five issued a news release Wednesday. “Our hearts hurt and words cannot express the loss. Carl Lewis was an extremely talented young man, who was a valued member of the team. He will be greatly missed by all and forever remembered.”
DeAnthony Langston coached Lewis at Real Run Basketball Program. He said Lewis had dreams of a career in the NBA.
“He misses a flight yesterday for an NBA trial in Arizona and he ends up getting killed,” Langston said. “We had so many people that were rooting for Carl.”
Lewis was parked in his car on Alondra Blvd in Compton when he was shot and killed Tuesday morning. Police have no description of the shooter or the involved vehicle.