Lee Ready To Visit

According to New Mexico Junior College head coach James Miller, the next seven days are going to be extremely busy for standout guard Desmond Lee.

According to New Mexico Junior College head coach James Miller, the next seven days are going to be extremely busy for standout guard Desmond Lee.

"It's going to be really hectic for Des, but he is looking forward to it," said Miller. "Today, we're in the car heading to Baylor for an unofficial visit. He'll get back and fly up to NC State on Friday for an official visit.

"I think he'll get back Sunday evening and then on Monday he will fly to Creighton for an official visit. The particulars aren't set on the Creighton trip, but that is the plan for now, to visit there early next week."

One of the top junior college players in the country, Lee averaged 20.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. The 6-foot-4 guard shot 43.3% from the field, 76.8% from the free throw line, and 33% from three.

He also turned it on late in the year for New Mexico Junior College.

"Des was great down the stretch for us," said coach Miller. "We had to win three games to make the national tournament, and he came up big. He had over 20 points for us in each of the first two game, and in the final game he didn't score as much but made big plays. He does a great job of getting in the lane and passing it out, and our guys made shots.

"Then in the national tournament we played Northwest Florida and actually dominated the game for 35 minutes... we let it get away and lost it in overtime. I think he had 22 points and 11 rebounds in that game. He played great."

Lee's play led to interest and scholarship offers from several schools, including Creighton, Miami, Auburn, Arkansas, Colorado State, Duquesne, NC State, Virginia Tech, Baylor, Washington, and Illinois among others.

He took officials to Duquesne and Colorado State in the fall, and now has trips scheduled to NC State and Creighton plus an unofficial to Baylor.

Where does he stand right now on his recruitment?

"It's starting to narrow down," said coach Miller. "Obviously, with the visits set to Baylor, NC State, and Creighton, he is very serious about those three. They've done a great job of recruiting him and were on him hard the past few months.

"He is still talking to some other schools and has one official visit left that he can take, but we don't know for sure about that one right now. It could be he takes it Final Four weekend, or he could like Baylor and decide, like NC State and decide, like Creighton and decide... you get the idea."

NC State assistant coach Rob Moxley is recruiting Lee for the Wolfpack, and he has them in good shape. There are some advantages that NC State has over other schools under consideration, such as location and conference affiliation.

"I think coach Moxley has done a really good job of continuing to show his face and communicating with Des," said Miller. "They've been a constant around our program for the last two months so they've done a good job in that regard. They've let it be known where Des stands with their program.

"We've talked before about NC State being close to home and that appeals to him, and being from ACC country it would be great to play in that league so NC State kind of sells itself. Being close to home and all the positives of the program with coach Moxley and coach Gottfried... you can see why Des is high on NC State."

Lee, who will be joined in Raleigh for his official visit by his mother, daughter, and AAU coach, is also aware of NC State's roster situation.

"Obviously with all the schools the roster situation is going to be factored in," Miller stated. "He is looking for a place where he can go in and have a chance to play. The coaches at NC State and all the schools have been open about their roster situations. I think Des has a good idea of what is going on."

Don't look for Lee to drag out his recruitment. It sounds like he could make a decision in the near future.

"I think that's good for everybody involved," Miller said. "He's not trying to draw it out, and he's been recruited hard for the last couple of months so Des is ready to get it over with.

"He's excited to figure out where he's going to go with us being finished. The next seven days are going to be hectic for him, but I think it will definitely help him figure out what he wants to do. It's best for him and the schools recruiting him if he makes a decision as quickly as possible."


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