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James "Jimmy" Lee

Enshrined 2002

One of the finest shooters to ever play for SU, Jimmy Lee led the Orange to three NCAA tournaments from 1972-75. As a four year starter in high school, basketball was his prime sport even though he played baseball and football. He was Broome County’s leading scorer his junior and senior years, averaging 26.2 and 27.9 ppt respectively. At SU, Jimmy averaged 13.4 ppt and handed out 269 assists. He was named freshman co-captain in 1970-71 and averaged 18.1 ppt in helping the team to a 17-1 record. During the next three years SU enjoyed great success with records of 24-5, 19-7, and 23-9 including Jimmy’s senior season as he co-captained the team to the NCAA Final Four. In 1973 he led the team with a 88.6% free-throw accuracy, fifth in the country. He let the team in assists his junior and senior years and was sixth in the nation in foul shooting during the 1974-75 season. He was named to the ECAC All-Star team and the Final Four All-Tournament Team in 1975. He was the top scorer in the 1875 NCAA tournament and was named a Helms Foundation All-American. He was the Lew Andreas MVP award winner in 1975. HE was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed with the San Antonio Spurs. He has been inducted into the Section 4 Hall of Fame, recipient of the Vic Henson Medal of Honor Award and selected to the Syracuse University All-Century Basketball Team.

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