Last season, 6-4 guard Courtney Lee played with Justin Cage and Robert Vaden on Pike’s undefeated state championship team. Cage graduated and Vaden transferred to a prep school this season, handing Lee the keys to the Pike machine.
“I have to step my game up a lot and carry the whole team really,” said Lee, the guard who scored 15 points in the state title game was a 3rd team all-stater as a junior.
On Monday night, Lee ended his college recruitment by committing to Darrin Horn’s Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. He’s the third member of WKU’s talented recruiting class as he joins guard Ty Rogers and Tennessee transfer Elgrace Wilborn.
“They kept in contact with me and came out and saw me play,” Lee said. “They were more intense. They went all out.” Lee visited WKU last weekend. He had been hearing from Bradley, Iowa, Ball State, Georgetown and Purdue during the process.
The commitment is a big one for Western because it gets a new staff into Indiana and Pike is one of the powerhouse programs in the state. Also, Lee is regarded among the handful of best players in the state. Assistant coach Archie Miller was instrumental in Lee’s addition.
Western Kentucky now turns its attention to a versatile forward. Among the priorities are Charlie Burch, Tyrus Thomas, Ryan Daniel and Brandon Polk out of Redlands JC.
And for Lee, he’s got a good idea of how he can help the Hilltoppers. “I see us winning another Sun Belt and making it back to the Sweet 16.”