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Lee to Next Level

Beecher senior Robert Lee blocks Arthur Hill freshman Dion Hardy.

Already a preseason all-state selection, Flint Beecher’s Robert Lee looks like the state’s most improved senior as the Bucs’ go-to scorer. The 6-3 senior outdid even himself in the opening game of Grand Blanc’s Carmody Classic. He scored 17 in the first quarter of the Bucs’ win over Arthur Hill and finished with an event-record 42 points. Just as Keyonta Menifield was woefully underrecruited out of Beecher only to now starting as a freshman for Washington, here’s a D1 player from one of the state’s most successful programs just waiting to be found.

Carmody Classic, Highest Scoring Games

  • 42: Robert Lee, Beecher (2023)
  • 39: Carlos Johnson, Benton Harbor  (2019)
  • 33: Kaden Brown, GR Catholic Central (2022) & Ali Brewster, Hamady (2019)
  • 29: Fletcher Loyer, Clarkston (2020) & Chris McLavish, Carman-Ainsworth (2022)

Lee had built his rep as a high-energy athlete complementing all-state guards like Menifield then Carmelo Harris, now a freshman starter for Wayne State. He still does that — in the first half against Arthur Hill, running down massively talented freshman guard Dion’Quavis ‘Boo’ Hardy for a block, then AH’s leading scorer on the year junior guard Lyna Brooks to break up a break. But now that’s gravy to his scoring exploits.

Lee made his first 10 shots against the Lumberjacks, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc.  In addition to the jumpers were points from aggressive drives slashing from the wings; bullying his way along the baseline; attacking straight from horns sets for floaters; or weaving from a spread for a finger roll; and the line, making 5-of-6 free throws in the fourth quarter. Not a point guard, but recognized double teams and court balance and set up teammates. When Arthur Hill was pressing and had some momentum midway through the third, Lee hit a pull-up to stop the bleeding. A power leaper with  a rugged frame, he is able to put back his own misses.

No question on the physical profile he’s a scholarship recruit, and his rate of improvement speaks to a serious, motivated player.

 

 

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