WKU's Lee Headed to Magic With 22nd Overall Pick in NBA Draft

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic selected Courtney Lee with the 22nd pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, hoping the shooting guard from Western Kentucky could help solidify an unstable backcourt.

Lee shot 47.7 percent from the field and was a career 81.7 percent free throw shooter during his four years at Western Kentucky. He averaged 20.4 points a game in his senior year.

Last season's Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Lee helped the Hilltoppers reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

"He's a guy who got the job done in college," Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I like the fact he got better every year because clearly it shows he's worked very hard."

Orlando's shooting guard situation is up in the air.

Returning starter Maurice Evans, who averaged 9.3 points for the Magic last season, is a free agent. If Evans leaves, Lee will compete with Keith Bogans and J.J. Redick for playing time.

Bogans started 35 games, averaging 8.7 points a game. Redick played in only 34 games, averaging 4.1 points a game. He has asked to be traded.

"Courtney can shoot the ball, which fits with us," Magic general manager Otis Smith said. "He's a very good mid-range shooter and he can handle the ball pretty well."

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