Junior college guard Desmond Lee commits to NC State

tstevens@newsobserver.comApril 9, 2013 

New Mexico Junior College basketball guard Desmond Lee committed to N.C. State on Monday, and the Norfolk, Va., product soon received a short message on Twitter from departing Wolfpack guard Rodney Purvis.

“Congrats bro!” Purvis tweeted and Lee later retweeted.

Purvis is headed to Connecticut after one year at his hometown college, while Lee will return to his East Coast roots after playing at the Hobbs, N.M., two-year school for two seasons.

Lee will have two years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Lee was the leading scorer (20.3 points per game) on a 27-7 team at NMJC. He was the fifth-leading junior college scorer in the country and was a second-team junior college all-America selection.

He averaged 13.8 as a freshman on a 23-9 club at Hobbs.

He also considered Arkansas, Baylor, Miami, Illinois, Alabama, Cincinnati and Creighton, according to jucorecruiting.com.

Jucorecruiting.com ranks Lee as the No. 16 JUCO prospect in the country.

Lee played high school basketball at Norfolk (Va.) Booker T. Washington High and later attended Heat Academy in Martinsville, Va., for one season.

He originally committed to the University of Texas-El Paso, but instead enrolled at New Mexico Junior College.

Lee played well in this season’s National Junior College Athletic Association Division I tournament.

He had 23 points and 11 rebounds in NMJC’s 88-87 overtime loss to Northwest Florida State in the second round of the NJCAA playoffs. Northwest Florida lost to the College of Central Florida in the title game.

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