Alabama Big Man Talks SMU Offer

Dallas County PF William Lee talks about his interest in SMU inside!

Every great point guard wants to play with a great big.

That statement can be seen on weekly basis on Ulric Maligi's Twitter account. The Mustangs have yet to land a commitment from a quality 2014 big man to pair with five-star point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. But that doesn't mean it won't happen soon.

Maligi, Larry Brown and K.T. Turner have all been grinding on the recruiting trail for the past few weeks and have a new target in Dallas County (AL) power forward William Lee. The trio of coaches watched him not once but twice last week and eventually extended an offer.

"I can't even describe what it was like to play in front of Coach Brown," Lee said. "It motivated me to play harder and do well. I think I had a good performance and when they offered me, I was really excited.

"I do have interest in SMU but right now, I just want to learn more about the school. I know that it's a private school in Dallas, but that's about it. But the coaches told me some great things about it and how they are building a great program. They did mention that they got Mudiay so that's big. And I really like Coach Brown and Coach Maligi and Coach Turner. They were all really straight up with me."

The three-star prospect said his favorite moment last week was simply getting the opportunity to speak to Brown in person.

"I talked to him after practice, and he just told me to keep working hard," Lee said. "He's a Hall of Fame coach so he really knows what he's talking about. I think he can really help me grow into a great player and help me get to the next level. If he can't get me to the NBA, who can?"

At 6-foot-8, 195-pounds, Lee, known as ‘Ha Ha' by his friends and teammates, still has plenty of room to develop. Last season, Lee had a monster stat line. He averaged 19.6 points, 17.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and an eye-popping 15.5 blocks per game.

With the help of Brown, Lee could become one of the top power forwards in the American Athletic Conference in the near future.

"There is no doubt Coach Brown can help me get better. But I think I can bring a lot right away as well. I have a non-stop motor and athleticism," he said. "I really have good defense and shot blocking. What separates me from other big men is that I can step out and shoot. I believe I can be a good four, but I don't have to be limited to being on the block."

Lee took his first official visit this weekend when he stopped by Mississippi State and will travel to Georgia, UAB, Alabama and Wichita State for his next four. Despite having all his officials set, Lee says a visit to SMU before he makes his decision in November is ‘still possible.'

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