Michael Lee, a graduate of Windsor High School, collected 11 varsity letters in four years playing football, basketball and baseball from 1966 to 1969. But greater glory awaited him on the basketball court at Syracuse University.
Lee played on the 1969-70 SU freshman team, coached by Jim Boeheim, and finished 16-2. In 1970-71, he scored 353 points for the 19-7 NIT-bound Orangemen. The following season, Lee again led Roy Danforth’s squad to the NIT and finished with a 22-6 record. The 6-foot-3 forward averaged 18 ppg and was named Player of the Year by Coach & Athlete Magazine for the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. A terrific free throw shooter, Lee set a SU record with 34 consecutive buckets from the charity stripe.
In his senior year, Lee helped SU to a 24-5 record and the Orangemen went to the NCAA tournament where they lost to Maryland, the same team that beat them the previous year in the NIT at Madison Square Garden.
Lee, a senior co-captain and three-year starter, completed his varsity career with a scoring average of 16.3 ppg, which was one of the highest in Syracuse University history.
From 1975 through 1982, Lee coached at LeMoyne College, two years as JV coach and four at the varsity helm. He also served as Athletic Director at Holy Cross School in DeWitt from 1995 to 2001.
Lee was married in 1985. He, his wife Janine and six children and live in Fayetteville where he teaches and coaches basketball in the F-M Youth Program.
Lee and his brother, Jim, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002, are the first brothers to join the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
1972: Named Player of the Year by Coach & Athlete Magazine for the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions
1973: Drafted in the 11 th round by the Buffalo Braves