William Lee did not leave SMU a Mustang.
But that doesn't mean the three-star 2014 Dallas County (AL) power forward won't eventually land on the Hilltop. Lee cancelled a trip to Wichita State and instead made an official visit to SMU this weekend.
"It was pretty good. I liked it," Lee said. "I got to meet with all the people, the players, the coaching staff, the AD and the president. I just chilled with the players and watched practice and all that.
"My favorite part about the visit was probably listening to Allen Iverson talk to the team," Lee said. "He was telling us about how he didn't know why Coach (Larry) Brown was pushing him (when he was a player) but now he sees why he was pushing him, to be the best he could be. He said just to listen to him and don't take it personal. It's just business."
Seeing a future Hall of Fame point guard on campus obviously caught Lee's attention. And he's fully aware of the NBA connections Larry Brown has at his disposal. If anybody can develop a prospect and help him reach the NBA it's Brown.
Lee knows Brown's resume inside and out, and his ultimate goal is to play in the league.
"I really like Coach Brown," Lee said. "He's a Hall of Fame coach. He's coached and won championships in the NBA. He's coached on the college level, and he's coached the USA Olympic team as well. Coach Brown is the main reason why SMU is in my top five."
During his visit, Lee has the opportunity to sit down for 1-on-1 time with Brown as well as assistant coaches Ulric Maligi and K.T. Turner. But it was his conversation with ‘the Godfather' that stuck out the most due to his honesty and wisdom.
"Coach Brown just told me he needed me at SMU," 6-foot-9 205-pound big man said. "He said I'm not going to just walk in there and be the man. I'm going to have to work for my position and earn my spot.
"I would love to play for Coach Brown but at the end of the day, I have to make the choice that's right for me. I'm just looking for a school that can push me to be the best I can be so I can get to the next level."
Brown also got some help selling his case from SMU commit and the nation's No. 1 point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who got in contact with Lee over the weekend.
"Emmanuel and I had a short conversation," Lee said. "We talked about Coach Brown and how he has connections and how he can show me how to get to the next level. He told me he wants to play with me and to go ahead and commit to SMU. I think it would be great to play with him."
Along with SMU, Lee has Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State and UAB on his short list. Lee plans on visiting Alabama this weekend and making his decision soon after. Lee has already been to Tuscaloosa in the past and says he ‘knows how everything is' but just wants to get a second look.
In the end, the decision will ultimately be up to Lee, who averaged 19.6 points, 17.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 15.5 blocks per game last season. And in his heart, he's pretty sure he already knows which school he'll be signing with next month.
"I think I have my decision made up, but I'm not sure," Lee said. "I'm not leaning toward anybody in particular. I just think I know where I want to go."
Staff Writer Beionny Mickles contributed to this story
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