May 2, 2013

Hill adds athletic, versatile wing to next year's class

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By ZACH BOND
UNCBears.com 

GREELEY – Northern Colorado men's basketball coach B.J. Hill announced Thursday that Dominique Lee, another junior college player from Casper College, has signed a National Letter of Intent and will be joining the Bears next season.

Lee, a 6-5 wing player out of Oakland, Calif., is the latest player or coach from Casper to join Northern Colorado. Corey Spence, Lee's teammate at Casper and the point guard for the Thunderbirds, signed an NLI with the Bears in April, while Joel Davidson, formerly the head coach at Casper, just joined Hill's coaching staff as an assistant.

Lee will bring plenty of talent and athleticism to the hardwood after averaging 13.8 points and 7.6 rebounds per game during his final year with Casper. He finished second on the team in scoring while leading the team in rebounding.

"[Dominique] is going to be another guy with versatile skills who's going to fit into what we want to do offensively," Hill said. "Because of his skill set, his size, his athleticism I think he's going to be a tough matchup for people on the offensive end.

"I'm also really excited about what he brings defensively. Those same qualities he brings on offense are going to allow us to do some of the same things that we did with Derrick [Barden] this year – switching ball screens, doing different things like that because [Dominique] has such great athleticism and feet."

During his final season at Casper, Lee flashed plenty of potential in the scoring department, twice notching 30 points in a game and scoring at least 20 seven times. In those two 30-point outburst, he grabbed at least 15 rebounds both times, including a 30-point, 16-rebound performance towards the end of the season against Sheridan College.

On the boards, he showed he can be a monster, pulling down double-digit rebounding numbers eight times during the season. He even blocked five shots while grabbing 11 rebounds in a game against Gillette College.

"I think the thing I'm most excited about though is how he rebounds the basketball," Hill said. "When you can get almost eight rebounds per game in almost 19 minutes of playing time, that's pretty darn efficient. Rebounding is a major priority with me and anytime you can get somebody who can chase the basketball, we really look forward to getting those guys in our program."

Lee's first season at Casper (2011-12) was cut shot after breaking a leg before the season had started. He managed to come back and play seven games at the end of the season, averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest.

Lee's high school career at St. Mary's High School in Oakland was good enough to earn interest and an eventual scholarship offer to Utah, a Pac-12 school. Lee redshirted during his first year on campus at Utah before transferring to Casper after a coaching change within the Utah program.

During his senior year at St. Mary's, Lee, along with his twin brother Demetrius, helped lead his squad to a 31-5 overall mark while averaging 8.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

After going to Utah, Lee was reunited with Demetrius once at Casper. Both were able to play together on the same team this year for the first time since their high school days.