Lee's two varsity seasons have been carbon copies in which he has averaged just under 19 points, passed for spectacular assists, rebounded well and played absolutely savage defense as Oregon has risen to third place in the Pacific Eight. Lee and Indiana's Quinn Buckner, both members of the U.S. team that toured against the Russians last fall, are two of the very few specimens who can stand in there taking a rampaging enemy charge and wind up hurting the other fellow.
In clutch moments Lee can also score, as he demonstrated in Pittsburgh. He had key baskets to win three overtime games in his freshman season. Last year his 26 points brought Oregon from 10 down to victory over Washington. Against Stanford he lost the ball in the dying seconds, got it right back and hit a 30-footer with hands in his face at the buzzer for a one-point win.
Because of heroics like that, Lee is adored in Eugene. "He's the Pied Piper," says Harter. "The kids love him. He disrupts my camp to play hide-and-seek with the younger ones. He auctions off his sneakers for charity."
After his 13-for-46 shooting exhibition in Pittsburgh, the bids for his sneakers may go down. But for the Pacific Eight season, the price on Lee's head remains high.