NU Offers Peoria's Brandon Lee

When you talk High School basketball in Illinois, you have talk about the <b>Peoria Central Lions</b> and their 2003 Illinois AA State Title.<br><br> There's a report that <b>Northwestern</b> has offered one of the key backcourt players for the Lions.

Peoria Central has a long history, both as a public High school and as a basketball power. Last year Central used the talents of PG Shaun Livingston 15 PPG [6-6 175], Center DeAndre Miranda [6-7], and combination guard Brandon Lee [6-1]. With the transfer of Small Fwd Dustin Warfield [6-5 190], Peoria Central has built a new dynasty to try for a repeat..
The star of the Central show was Shaun Livinston who's entertaining offers from Duke, NC State, Arizona, and others. But Lee also chipped in 12 points in the win that earned Central a #15 ranking in The Fab 50.

Most of the Peoria Central players also play AAU, and this summer it was Brandon Lee's turn to shine.

Enter Northwestern Head Coach Bill Carmody who reportedly entertained Brandon Lee this weekend on an unofficial visit after offering a scholarship recently.

Comparing the two guards, Chicago Hoops said this about Brandon:
Where Livingston brings flair to the game, Brandon Lee also is a backcourt wizard, but without the mustard on the hotdog.

 A quick, hard worker, Lee is a silent assassin that will get the job done, proceed off the court in a businesslike manor, and tuck the win quietly in his pocket. Lee averaged 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals a game this past year as a sophomore starter on Manual's varsity team.
[Frank Rusnak - Chicago Hoops]
So Brandon Lee appears to be more of defensive specialist, but he also plays point guard, and at 6-1 that's probably where he'd play in the Big 10.

If he takes the Northwestern offer and plays as advertised, Lee would be a good "down the road" replacement for T.J. Parker after he graduates. He might even be able to redshirt and really learn the BC NU offense, and its ball handling tricks from T.J. and Jitim Young.

Brandon also has offers from Wyoming and Ball State, and has heard from Western Illinois, Southern Illinois and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Northwestern did get a positive vote from Brandon's father, Fred, an assistant coach at Manual HS in Peoria...
A good thing about Northwestern is academics outweigh the athletics. [Fred Lee -]
Who knows, he may have already committed.

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