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Courtney Lee
SI Rank
5
Position: Class:
Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'5, 200

BIOGRAPHY: Lee didn't make a major leap statistically in his senior season, but his decision to return to school still worked wonders for his draft stock. He didn't get much exposure in the Sun Belt Conference, but helped lead Western Kentucky to its first NCAA tournament in five years. He averaged 20.7 points in the tournament as the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in 15 years. That performance no doubt caught the attention of NBA teams, who are expected to select Lee late in the first round or early in the second. One of the top seniors in this year's draft class, Lee is a very efficient shooter from anywhere on the court. He connected on a career-high 47.7 percent of his field goals last season while shooting 39.7 percent from 3-point range and 82.2 percent from the free-throw line. He finished the season averaging a career-high 20.4 points with 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists, pulling into a tie for the school?GVs all-time record with 2,238 career points and earning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year honors. He's also an excellent defender and a high character guy with great basketball IQ. He doesn't possess jaw-dropping athleticism or tremendous upside, but he's a safe pick with a solid NBA body and the maturity to contribute immediately.

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