Former Illinois State basketball standout Paris Lee is the newest former Redbird to sign an NBA contract.

The point guard has signed a contract to play in the NBA Summer League with the Memphis Grizzlies. This comes after Lee has spent the last two seasons in the playing for the Antwerp Giants.

During his time at ISU, Lee earned numerous awards, most of which came during his 2016-2017 senior season.

Over the course of his final year, Lee was named Missouri Valley Conference Larry Bird Player of the Year, MVC Defensive Player of the Year, All-MVC First Team, MVC All-Tournament Team and AP All-America Honorable Mention.

At ISU, Lee was an expert at stealing the ball. Lee ranks first all-time in Redbird record books with 248 career steals. During his senior season he was the nation's active steals leader. 

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Paris Lee is presented with the Larry Bird Player of the Year trophy.

After graduating in 2017 Lee entered the NBA draft but was not signed, so he took his talents overseas. Signing with the Giants, Lee averaged 13.8 points a game in his first look with the team.

During the 2018-2019 Lee earned the Most Valuable Player Award in the Pro Basketball League. Lee lead the league with 5.2 assists per game. He also averaged 12 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. 

He also led the Giants to a final four appearance finishing third in the Basketball Champions League tournament.

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Paris Lee averaged 13.1 points per game in his senior season.

The Grizzlies will start Summer League games on July first taking on the Utah Jazz. Lee will join the number two overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Ja Morant amongst others.

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at jerme@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @JackSermersheim 


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