Russell Lee Has Jersey Retired

31 years ago, Russell Lee was one of the premier players in all of college basketball. On a picture-perfect spring evening in Huntington on Tuesday, there was Lee on the balcony overlooking Marshall's Memorial Fountain, recalling those years of playing basketball in green and white...

"Has it been that long? It seems like it was yesterday. That's how young I feel," Russell Lee said. The great Russell Lee was on campus to have his #55 jersey retired at the annual Marshall Men's Basketball Banquet later in the evening. But for now, it was all about seeing old friends and making new ones.

Russell Lee (left) admires his #55 jersey, which was retired during the Marshall Men's Basketball Banquet ceremonies on Tuesday evening. AD Bob Marcum is at right.

Lee had a stellar Marshall career from 1969-72, scoring 1,815 points and hauling in 863 rebounds. He is the all-time career scoring average leader in Marshall history, at 23.9 points per game. The '71-72 team is considered to be the zenith of Marshall basketball.

"My family is sooooo hyped," Lee humbly laughed before the banquet began. "If it wasn't for my teammates, I don't think it all would have happened."

Russell Lee was drafted in the first round of the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, and played professionally for almost 10 years. A little-known fact is that the Bucks used their next pick on Julius (Dr. J) Erving.

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