Illinois State University’s Paris Lee, a Maywood native and Proviso East graduate, was recently profiled by the Chicago Tribune. | goredbirds.com
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews
Maywood native and former Proviso East Pirate Paris Lee is making a splash with his defensive prowess, which recently drew the attention of Chicago Tribune reporter Shannon Ryan.
Lee’s three steals helped lead the Illinois State Redbirds to a win over Northern Iowa last Wednesday. One particular play drew Ryan’s attention.
“In the first half, as a Northern Iowa player searched for an option to pass, Lee sensed that hint of uncertainty and swooped in like an eagle snatching a mouse,” Ryan writes in a Feb. 2 article.
“Lee darted down the court, his red-tipped dreadlocks flapping in his wake, for a layup that helped the Redbirds out of a frigid early scoring stretch.”
Lee later described to Ryan his technique, which has been essential to ISU’s 19-5 record. The Redbirds are 11-1 in conference play.
“I try to bait them into doing it,” Lee said. “I try to make it seem like I’m not there. I’m like (acting passive), and then I just go get it. Most of the time it has to do with (what I learned from) the scouting report.”
This season, according to ESPN, Lee has averaged nearly 13 points, nearly four rebounds, five assists and around two steals a game.
Paris Lee’s season averages
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