McCallie School all-state player Chad Lee signed Thursday to continue his basketball career at regional NAIA power Lee University in Cleveland.
The 6-foot-6 forward was a three-year starter for the Blue Tornado and made the all-state-tournament team as they finished second in Division II-AA to Ensworth. He averaged 10.5 points and 10 rebounds a game as a senior on the balanced offensive team.
“Chad was the type of player we always had to have on the floor,” McCallie coach Dan Wadley said in a Lee University release. “He’s the type of player who listens and works hard to get better.”
Academically prestigious Rhodes and Birmingham-Southern were among the other colleges recruiting him, but as he said, “Lee has a great basketball tradition that I wanted to be a part of.”
Flames coach Tommy Brown said his newest recruit is “a very intelligent player who knows how to play the game and is well coached by Coach Wadley. He’s in the 190-pound range right now, but expect his frame to fill out to around 210. Chad will likely play a 3 [position] next season, but we expect he’ll develop into a strong 4 man for us over the years.”