In my opinion, Mike Lewis is the most underrated player in Duke history. In his first of three years as a Blue Devils he played alongside the previously mentioned Jack Marin, Bob Verga and Steve Vacendak. That 1965/66 team made it to the Final Four and even as a first year player on a team loaded with stars, Mike Lewis averaged 13.5 points and 11 rebounds per game.
In the following two seasons, Mike Lewis established himself as the greatest double-double machine the Blue Devils have ever seen.
As a junior Lewis averaged 15.5 points and 12.3 boards. As a senior Lewis had very little help. Verga had graduated and Lewis had to shoulder the load on a team that wasn’t terribly good. In his final season as a Blue Devil, Mike Lewis averaged 21.7 points and 14.4 rebounds.
For his career Mike Lewis averaged a double-double at 16.9 points and 12.5 rebounds.
Unfortunately, those monumental stats get overlooked thanks to the Blue Devils finishing second in the ACC for Lewis’ junior and senior seasons, which meant that Duke had to go to the NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament.
Nevertheless, Mike Lewis showed that he could play on par with Duke legends like Bob Verga and Steve Vacendak and in his senior season showed that he could carry a team on his own the way Jeff Mullins did.
It stands to reason, therefore, that the often overlooked Mike Lewis, Duke’s greatest double-double player, deserves to be lauded along with the all-time Duke greats.