Philadelphia guard receiving interest

Philadelphia's Roman Catholic High School makes it a habit of routinely producing Division 1 basketball players.

In recent memory, the school has sent Junior Fortunat to Rider, Rakeem Brookins to Siena, and Maalik Wayns to Villanova. Current junior Britton Lee is just one of many current players at Roman that has a future in college hoops.

Earlier today, Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with Roman Catholic's head coach, Chris McNesby about junior guard Britton Lee.

The 5'10 junior is described by his coach as a "very good on-the-ball defender who attacks passing lanes really well." On the offensive side of things, Britton "can really get out and run in transition which can help him to get easy buckets."

Checking in at under six feet, Coach McNesby still considers Britton "more of a combo guard at this point." As he fully transitions over to the point, McNesby sees an area for Britton to improve in. "His decision-making with the ball will need to improve as he looks to play at the next level."

When watching Britton play, his coach sees some similarities to one of his recent players, Siena's Rakeem Brookins. Brookins, like Lee, is a combo guard who makes up for lack of height with great quickness and terrific instincts. Lee, like Brookins before him, also plays the game with "a ton of energy."

This summer, Lee ran with Philadelphia's Team Final. Playing alongside some of the best players in the region, such as Rondae Jefferson, Austin Colbert, Davon Reed, and Yosef Yacob, Lee also impressed.

This high school season, Roman Catholic looks to contend in the Philadelphia Catholic League. In addition to their league schedule, Lee and his Roman teammates will be playing in tournaments in Boston, Florida, and Milwaukee. Despite not having a single senior on the roster, McNesby has high hopes for his squad.

Only beginning his junior year of high school, Britton's recruitment is still in the initial stages. To this point, schools showing interest include, but are not limited to, Rider, Manhattan, and Robert Morris.

Saint Joseph's is looking for a point guard in the class of 2013, so it is possible that Lee receives interest from the Hawks. Saint Joseph's assistant coach Geoff Arnold visited Roman Catholic last week for an open gym. In addition to Lee, Coach Arnold was likely also looking at impressive 2014 guard Shep Garner.

With so much talent in the Philadelphia area in the class of 2013, there are names that slip under the radar. Britton Lee, coming off a strong summer, is not one of those names. As he looks to lead his Roman Catholic team this coming season, that attention is likely to increase.

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