Alabama Big Man Looking At Tide

Alabama men's basketball continues to seek a big man to compliment the three perimeter players - Justin Coleman, Devin Mitchell and Riley Norris – committed for the class of 2014. One hot prospect getting nationwide attention is the 2013 Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 4A Player-of-the-Year, William Lee. The 6-9, 200 pound forward has a busy travel schedule planned for this fall.



'BAMA Magazine/BamaMag.com recently spoke to the Scout.com 24th ranked power forward. Frequent laughter as a baby earned William Lee the nickname "Ha Ha" and he loves the moniker. The shot-blocker extraordinaire averaging double-digits in that category is no laughing matter to opposing teams. Kevin Durant and LeBron James are the players he admires. Two things were revealed to Lee after competing at the elite 2013 Skills Academy Camps featuring NBA talents Amar'e Stoudemire and LeBron James this summer. His confidence was emboldened by performing well against the nation's best prep prospects and handful of college players. A lack of strength was the other and remains an area the slender big man aims to address in the coming year.

Lee, entering his fourth year of varsity competition, received confirmation this past Monday from the NCAA clearinghouse that he is fully-qualified. The schedule for official weekend visits: Mississippi State (9/21), Georgia (9/28), UAB (10/5), Wichita State (10/19) and Alabama (10/26). Among the additional schools pursuing and reaching out to the Dallas County High School (Plantersville, AL) star are Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State and Georgia Tech. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown of SMU has visited twice within the last week.

No leader has been declared by the personable 2014 prospect. He has specified to all the interested coaches a preference to play the four position in college. Lee had previously tweeted an announcement date of January 10th, his 19th birthday but plans have changed. He intends to sign a National Letter of Intent during the November 13th through 20th early period. Family members, Dallas County High School Coach Willie Moore, and former assistant Kenny Allen make up the brain trust relied upon to assist with the decision.

A self-scouting skills report by William ‘Ha Ha' Lee:

Offense

"I would describe myself offensively as a player who is a four but has the skill set to play the three. I am a well-rounded shooter, a good offensive rebounder, can play inside and out, on the block or face-up. I am comfortable from the 16-17 foot range on my shot. If I take a three-point shot it would be for one reason, I am wide open. If I'm not open, I'm not going to take it. I can knock them (three-point shot) down. If I'm around the basket I can go with my left or right hand. My favorite place to score is from fifteen feet and in. It's automatic. I feel comfortable anywhere on the court I receive the ball."

Defense

"For me, I think I can guard any position from the one to the five. I'm a good shot-blocker with good timing. I'm always active as a defensive rebounder and am good as a weak side help defender. On the screen and roll, I can switch every time because I feel I can defend a big man or a guard. I love blocking shots and playing defense. Defense wins ball games. When someone thinks they have an easy lay-up and I come from the weak side to block it out of bounds, I love it. Blocking shots is a gift because of my perfect timing."

Ball-handling

"I would probably give myself a seven out of ten because I have a lot of improvement to do in that area. There's always room for improvement. I need to work on my left hand."

Factors influencing his college choice:

"First of all, I have to fit into their style of play. They have to feel like a family and I have to feel like I belong. I have to get along with the coaching staff – head coach and assistants. All the schools on my official visit list, I feel like I can fit into their program and they would make me feel like I belong and would be part of their family."

Relationship with Alabama Head Coach Anthony Grant and Assistant Antoine Pettway:

"Coach Grant is straight up with me. I think he is truthful, always keeping it real with me. I can talk to Coach Pettway about anything because we are from the same neighborhood. We grew up in the same place."

What would you bring to a program?

"I would bring good character and leadership to a program. I am a good person and hard working. I go hard at practice every day and I'm a fierce competitor. There is something about people. I love playing in front of crowds. That's why you have to bring it every night because you never know who is watching."

Freshman Expectations:

"I want to go in there and be the X-factor – be the player no one expects to get beaten by. Play hard and fill a role."

Favorite team growing up – Detroit Pistons – Ben Wallace in particular.

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