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Pack player preview: Vincent Lee a meat-and-potatoes big man

Vincent Lee
Vincent Lee is a freshman forward for Nevada. (John Byrne/Nevada athletics)

Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray will break down each of Nevada’s 12 eligible scholarship players prior to the Wolf Pack basketball team’s season opener Nov. 6 versus BYU. We will count the players down in alphabetical order using their last names. Today’s player: Vincent Lee.

Vincent Lee

Class: Freshman

Number: 40

Position: Power forward

Height/weight: 6-9/215

Hometown: Midlothian, Texas

2017-18 stats: 19.6 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 bpg, 62 FG%, 63 FT% (at Midlothian Heritage High)

Likely role: Like fellow freshman big, K.J. Hymes, Lee also isn’t expected to get many minutes during his rookie season at Nevada. The Texas product is more physically ready – “He’s built like a bulldozer,” Hymes said of Lee – but the Wolf Pack’s depth will limit Lee’s in-game court time and he could be a redshirt candidate if Nevada wants to save a season of eligibility. Lee was an excellent finisher around the rim in high school and is a solid rebounder. The next step in his growth is to be able to step out and hit a 15- to 18-foot jump shot to stretch the floor (he was 1-of-16 from three as a high school senior and has since switched which hand he shoots with). Lee could become a meat-and-potatoes style big man ala Matt LaGrone of the mid-2000s who does the dirty work and stands out as a glue player.

Key stat: 64 — Lee made 64 percent of his shots (299-of-470) from inside the arc as a high school senior and also got to the free throw line nearly five times per game. He’s shot with both hands during his brief time at Nevada and while he works to iron that out from beyond the arc, his ability to finish with both hands inside the arc has made him strong around the basket. He also has a well developed body, so he’s able to finish through contact and get to high-percentage locations on the court.

In his words: “The biggest thing I’ve improved on is my defensive IQ. I know where to be on defense now, I know how to close out more efficiency and how to shade people to which side people don’t want to go to and things like that. … I expect to come in the gym every day and get better as a player and help everybody around me to get better when practicing. … I’m shooting primarily left handed now. I shoot my free throws and every jump left-handed now. I made the switch because ever since I was young I was able to shoot with both hands. Shooting with my left felt more comfortable and it was a lot smoother with my shot. I do finish better with my right. … I shot everything right-handed (in high school). My free throw percentage went down a lot from my junior year to my senior year. I put on a lot of weight and my body didn’t adjust. ... I really need to work on being able to stretch the floor. That’s one thing that every forward on any team should be able to do and just keep being able to improve. The more I work, the better I get every day, so I just have to keep working on every part of my game."

Sports columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at crmurray@sbgtv.com or follow him on Twitter @MurrayNSN.

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