Lee's Draft Destination Still in Question

By: James Brandenburg Email
By: James Brandenburg Email

The perception is that former Western Kentucky University guard Courtney Lee's highly coveted by the Orlando Magic with the 22nd pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.

Reality may be that no one truly knows where Lee will go just yet.

Several mock drafts have Lee being selected by the 2008 Southeast Division champions with their first round choice, with DraftExpress.com saying nearly every team's representatives were preparing for that exact scenario. But Lee does have other options.

Several mocks have Lee as a possibility with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who pick 19th. The Rockets reportedly love Lee but don't choose till 25th, while the Spurs also covet the Indianapolis native but hold the 26th selection.

Then there's NBADraft.net, which has been steadfast in its ranking of Lee as an early second-rounder. The site has Portland selecting WKU's all-time co-leading scorer 33rd overall.

No matter what, Lee will almost certainly become the Hilltoppers' first draftee since Chris Robinson was chosen in the second round by Vancouver in 1996.

WKU hasn't had a first round choice since the Warriors took Tellis Frank 14th overall in 1987.

WKU in First Round of NBA Draft:

1949: Bob Lavoy (Indianapolis, 9th overall)
1954: Tom Marshall (Rochester, 7th)
Jack Turner (New York, 8th)
1967: Clem Haskins (Chicago, 3rd)
1971: Clarence Glover (Boston, 10th)
1987: Tellis Frank (Golden State, 14th)

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