Lee received permission from head coach Fran Dunphy to transfer. In a meeting Tuesday night, he informed his teammates of his decision.
Coach Dunphy released a statement regarding Lee’s decision to leave the program saying “I met with Anthony Lee and he has expressed an intent to pursue his option to utilize the NCAA graduate student exception rule and transfer to another school. Anthony has been a fine member of the Temple basketball family over his four years here and we will support any decision he feels are in his and his family’s best interests. We wish him well in the future.”
The 6-foot-9 big-man will be graduating in May and will use his last year of eligibility playing as a graduate student elsewhere. Lee started for the second straight season in 2013-2014 scoring 13.9 points per game and led the American conference in rebounding bringing down 8.6 boards per game. In 92 games with the Owls, Lee recorded 9.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg.
Lee posted on his Facebook page this morning:
Temple University thanks for the 4 years. [I am] proud to graduate at the end of the semester and take a new step in my life to reach my goal, purpose, and destiny. [I am] excited about where god is going to order my steps next. Love ya’ll.
The absence of Lee next season will open the door for sophomore Devontae Watson. The 6-foot-10 center played 13.6 minutes per game averaging 2.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, and 1.1 blocks.
Temple added three transfers to the roster last year who sat out the season per NCAA rules. Jaylen Bond (Texas-junior), Devin Coleman (Clemson-senior), and Jessie Morgan (UMASS-senior) will be eligible at season as well as 6-foot-8 top 150 recruit Obi Enechionyia, who will be joining the Owls as a freshman next season. With Lee’s decision to transfer, the team now has two available scholarships.
The former captain has not yet announced where he will be playing basketball next season. He spent four seasons as an Owl, including his freshman year where he redshirted. Be sure to follow the Sports Desk on twitter at @tu_sportsdesk for updates on Lee’s decision.