Winning Ways

Arkansas 2013 commit Dederick Lee and his fellow Nolan Richardson Mustangs finish pool play unbeaten by downing New Orleans Black Saturday morning as Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson looks on.

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson was up early Saturday morning to see one of his future players getting it done at the Real Deal in the Rock.

Clarksville point guard Dederick Lee (6-1, 180) – a 2013 Razorback commit - had 8 points and 5 assists to help lead his Nolan Richardson Mustangs over New Orleans Mustangs 46-31 in their final game of pool play.

Fellow Clarksville star Devin Sims (6-5, 190) had 14 points while 6-10 Fayetteville standout Tyler McCullough and 6-8 Siloam Springs forward Peyton Henson controlled the boards in the win as the Mustangs went unbeaten in pool play.

"I think this may be the best AAU team I have played on because we have the bigs like Tyler and Peyton when usually we are just all guards and just running up and down all the time," Lee said. "That allows Devin to play the three where had can be a match-up problem and just makes us a really good team."

Sims joined Lee – and his two twin 5-4 brothers Freddy and Kendrick – led Clarksville to its second straight Class 4A title this season.

Sims had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Lees combined for 18 3-pointers and 59 points in a 93-73 championship game win over Pulaski Academy.

"It was just a fantastic season for us and the way we finished it up was just a dream come true," Lee said. "We have got everybody coming back and are going to try to make it three in a row this season."

The Mustangs have been very busy already this spring.

"We have already played in tournaments in St. Louis, Tulsa and Springdale," Lee said. "We're really coming together."

So is Lee's college team, which will have as many as eight new faces next season as Mike Anderson continues to remake the roster.

"I'm excited about the players we are adding because it means we are going to be really good when I get up there," Lee said. "We have some big guys coming in and some big guards coming in so we are going to be a lot better.

"I love Coach Anderson's system because he plays a lot of people and everybody that gets on the floor plays all out all the time," Lee added.

Lee, who struggled shooting early in Saturday morning's game, is using the same to refine his game.

"I am trying to get stronger and get better on my defense and try to get more vertical up," Lee said.

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