Magic Sign First-Round Pick Courtney Lee
Posted Jul 3 2008 7:35PM
ORLANDO, Fla., July 3 – The Orlando Magic have signed their first-round draft pick, guard Courtney Lee, general manager Otis Smith announced. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Selected by the Magic with the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Lee will participate with the Magic in the Orlando Pro Summer League from July 7-11 at the RDV Sportsplex. The 15-game event will feature the Magic, Chicago, Indiana, Miami, New Jersey and Seattle.
Lee (6”5”, 200, 10/3/85) played four seasons at Western Kentucky University, averaging 17.6 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg and 1.91 spg in 127 career games. He started every game he played at WKU. Lee also shot .401 (245-611) from 3-point range and .817 (389-476) from the line during his collegiate career.
Lee was named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference for three consecutive seasons (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08) and was the 2008 Sun Belt Player of the Year. He left WKU tied with Jim McDaniels as the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,238 points. Lee also ranks first in games started (127), minutes played (3,957) and free throw percentage (.817), second in 3-point field goals (245) and steals (242), sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.401) and ninth in assists (281) and blocked shots (78).
As a senior in 2007-08, Lee averaged 20.4 ppg., second in the Sun Belt and 28th in the nation, while leading the Hilltoppers to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. He netted 20 or more points 19 times and had 30-plus points three times, including a career-high 33 vs. Arkansas State. Lee scored 735 points, which ranks third all-time in school history.
Lee also ranked fifth in the conference in steals (1.81) and seventh in free-throw percentage (.822).
During his junior campaign, Lee averaged a team-high 17.3 ppg (fifth in Sun Belt) and shot a team-best .840 from the line. He scored 20-plus points 13 times. As a sophomore, Lee led the Hilltoppers in rebounding (6.3), assists (2.9) and steals (2.57), while ranking second in scoring (17.4). He also set a school freshman record in 2004-05 with 461 points in 31 games.
Lee majored in sociology and had a minor in criminology while at WKU. He attended Pike High School in Indianapolis.