Lee has now worked out for the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards.
June 17, 2008
MIAMI, Fla. - With the 2008 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft just over a week away, former St. Bonaventure forward Michael Lee continued his attempt at making his childhood dreams come true on Tuesday as he worked out for the Miami Heat.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., Lee made the hour commute from his hometown to the Heat facilities. It was Lee's second workout with an NBA team, as he also auditioned for the Washington Wizards back on Friday, June 6. Lee is still hoping to hear his name called on June 26, but would love a chance to be a part of an NBA team's summer-league squad.
"I feel like I did well in both workouts," Lee said following his one-hour workout with the Heat on Tuesday afternoon. "Both teams told me that they like what I bring to the table and hopefully I did enough for them to give me a chance. All I want is a chance to show people what I can do."
Lee certainly showed the Bona faithful what he could do, as he ended his four-year career at St. Bonaventure as the program's 16th all-time leading scorer with 1,445points and the 12th-best rebounder with 684 caroms. The rangy 6-foot-9 forward saved his best for last as he turned in banner year in 2007-08, under first-year head coach Mark Schmidt. Lee turned in career-highs in nearly every statistical category, highlighted by team-bests of 17.5 points per game and 8.0 rebounds. Lee also ranked among the top 10 in the Atlantic 10 in seven different categories en route to being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District II second team.
Lee's impressive four-year resume also includes becoming the 21st member of the 1,000-point and 500-rebound club. He also accumulated 91 career starts, 71 double-digit scoring games and 16 double-doubles.
NBA organizations can hold individual workouts with potential draft picks up until Saturday, June 21, leading up to the June 26 draft. Lee, currently, does not have any other workouts scheduled, but is staying prepared for a phone call at anytime.
"You have to be ready. Sometimes they give you a few days notice, sometimes they give you a few hours. You just have to stay prepared and be ready for your chance," Lee said. "I'm ready for whatever comes my way."