Damion Lee headed to Louisville

The University of Louisville basketball program added another fifth-year transfer on Thursday morning, landing a commitment and signature from former Drexel wing Damion Lee. The 6-foot-6 Lee was fourth in the nation in scoring last season at 21.4 points a game.

Damion Lee had plenty of options.

Lee told Scout.com he had over 150 messages on his cell phone within the few days of announce he would leave Drexel and finish up his college basketball career elsewhere.

The 6-foot-6 wing narrowed his list to five schools and on Wednesday night made the final call - one to Louisville head coach Rick Pitino.

Lee confirmed to Scout.com that he has committed to Pitino and will sign paperwork today to make it official. He'll be eligible immediately after he graduates from Drexel later this month and has one year of eligibility remaining.

The Cardinals landed Lee after he had narrowed his list to U of L, Arizona, Maryland, Marquette and Gonzaga.

One of the most sought-after transfers on the market this offseason, Lee is a native of Baltimore and knew U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson from his AAU days in the Washington D.C.-area. Johnson was the main recruiter in the process for U of L.

As a freshman, Lee was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year after averaging 12 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. He was named CAA Rookie of the Week four different times and had 30 steals and 62 assists.

Lee followed up his fabulous freshman season with a sensational sophomore campaign. He was named to the All-CAA Second Team and was a Second Team All-District pick. He led the team and was third in the CAA with 17.1 points a game and was second in the league in free-throw percentage (92.9) and fourth in three-pointers a game (2.3).

A first-team All-Conference selection in the preseason during the 2013-14 season, Lee scored 22 points at UCLA in the opener but was injured in the NIT Season Tip Off and missed the rest of the season. He received a medical hardship waiver.

During his final season at Drexel, Lee averaged 21.4 points a game - fourth-best in the nation - along with 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals a game. He shot 38.5 percent from three-point range and 88.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Lee, who fractured his right hand in February and missed the final three games of the season, attempted 14.4 shots a game. He has scored 1,542 points during his career and has made 196 three-pointers in three seasons.

The sixth newcomer on the U of L roster for next season, Lee joins former Cleveland State guard Trey Lewis as fifth-year transfers for the Cardinals. Lewis was in town Monday and Tuesday during the official visit to U of L by Lee.

Donovan Mitchell and Ryan McMahon are incoming freshmen at the guard spot, while Deng Adel is a wing and Raymond Spalding a forward who will be freshmen in the fall.

The Cardinals still have one scholarship available. Coppin State guard Sterling Smith is finishing his visit at U of L today, while high school junior Maverick Rowan is still trying to see if he can reclassify into the '15 class.


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