Tribune Profiles Proviso East Grad Paris Lee, the Key to ‘Red-hot’ Illinois State

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Illinois State University’s Paris Lee, a Maywood native and Proviso East graduate, was recently profiled by the Chicago Tribune. |

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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One thought on “Tribune Profiles Proviso East Grad Paris Lee, the Key to ‘Red-hot’ Illinois State”

  1. Another great one from the streets of Maywood. Paris has been a great role model for our kids in the community, living on 20th an warren an attending Irvin grade school should give our kids hope. Maywood has been facing killings and shootings, which give us a bad name, but the creator still shows his love out of the troubles. Maywood must show this kid much love an support him in every possible way, not only is he a great ball player but a great honor roll student. Most people dont understand that a athlete has duel responsibility, student first athlete second. Maywood natives has always used they athletic ability to open successful doors for themselves, so Paris do your thang an never forget those who help your success. Irvin an East love😁

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