Lee: "NC State Was The Best Fit"

NC State basketball added a major piece to the puzzle this spring when New Mexico JC guard Desmond Lee inked with the Wolfpack. A few weeks after his decision, Lee talked with Pack Pride about why he will be playing in Raleigh.

NC State basketball added a major piece to the puzzle this spring when New Mexico JC guard Desmond Lee inked with the Wolfpack. A few weeks after his decision, Lee talked with Pack Pride about why he will be playing in Raleigh.

How did it feel once you signed the paperwork?
Great... it felt great. It feels good knowing that I'm finally running with the Wolfpack next year.

It feels good to know I'm finally running the Pack with the next year.

When did you first know that you would be picking NC State?
To be honest, I didn't know until that morning [I committed]. I never really had a clear idea of where I was going or who I was leaning to.

Everyone would ask who was on top and who was leading, and I could never tell anyone who was the favorite because there wasn't one.

They all were good schools with good situations. We did a lot of research, and I realized that NC State was the best fit.

How did you finalize your choice?
I talked to my coach and it just clicked. There was a feeling that NC State could be a great fit for me.

As the process went on my family members were talking about how they haven't seen me play in a couple of years. I sensed where they wanted me to go and that was NC State.

My mom hasn't seen me play in such a long time, probably since high school, and being there, she could always come see me play because it's only a couple of hours from my house.

Coach Miller talked about how you've made strides academically since arriving at New Mexico JC. Can you talk more about that?
Doing the classwork was never the problem. Once I posted a 3.0 GPA I didn't have to worry about it as much anymore... I knew I was ready to go.

Maybe I wasn't giving myself enough credit for the student I could be if I put in the work, and Coach Miller made sure i was really on top of my books.

You had a solid freshman season at New Mexico JC and really took of as a sophomore.
My freshman year, my confidence really took off and I came off bench as instant offense for my team.

But, I didn't know I was going to have as good a year as I had this year.

How would you describe your game?
I take pride in being a complete guard. I think I can do a lot of things. I'm not just a shooter, or driver or offensive guy. I want to be able to do a lot, and I think that's why I finished in the top 20 in the conference in about every category. I take pride in being versatile and able to do a lot of things well. Coach Miller really raves about your defensive ability, both on the ball and as a help defender.
I put defense first. When my teammates see me play like that, I think it can rub off on them.

I was talking to Cat [Barber] about how at NC State we need to play defense first. It's all about getting stops because we're going to score points.

What was your official visit to NC State like?
Coach Moxley and all the other coaches really showed me a good time. It was like I had already been there.

The facilities were great, the academics... it just felt at home. That visit was wonderful.

Did Rodney Purvis transferring play a role in your decision?
No, not at all. Don't get me wrong, it left a hole in the roster at the position I play, but I would have loved to play with Rodney. For basically the entire time NC State was recruiting me I thought I would be playing with Rodney if I went there so it didn't really play a big role.

I had assumed he would be there up until it was announced he was leaving.

How did the coaches react when you committed?
Coach Gottfried was excited. They all were excited. They called and congratulated me when I signed with them. I know hey have a lot of high expectations for me.

What role do you see for yourself next season?
I want to be one of the leaders. How I handled my guys here, I think coach Gottfried feels I can come in and be a good leader there.

I'm not going to come in and step on toes, but I want to come in and win. I'm going to go out and lead by example on the court.


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