“I couldn’t hardly get him to talk last year and now he talks I don’t have to prompt him, he’s leading.”
Chris Lee had to because eight seniors from last year’s state championship team graduated.
“I think he’s part of the reason we are going to have success,” said Coach Eric Stockhausen. “We are starting to peak at the right time and a lot of that has to do with his leadership and ability.”
Lee is starting this season with only three returning players and the majority of the team being underclassmen. His role has taken a drastic change from junior to senior year.
“My role has changed by just being a leader,” said Lee. “We have a lot more young guys on the team that are going to be in the program for a long time, and just setting an example for them.”
Lee, a four-year starter, is one the best players to wear the Kings jersey and is currently No. 2 (1767) on the all-time points list at Kayhi, 21 points shy of breaking the record.
“All the individual awards and everything is more credit to the teammates I’ve played with so far,” said Lee.
So much pressure is put on Lee, but he doesn’t feel it.
“I don’t feel the pressure,” said Lee. “I just go out there and play for my team and play together, play for the name on the front of the jersey is what I always try to do.”
Lee is averaging 29 points a game and has scored 30 or more points in 9 games this season, with 11 wins and 6 losses on the season.
Junior Tyler Slick said he enjoys playing along side with Lee and has improved a lot this season already.
“Fun to watch a teammate succeed,” said Slick. “It’s great to play with a player like him to learn and expand my basketball IQ.”