Southland Conference honors deceased player with pre-season award


The Southland Conference honored the late Houston Christian basketball player Darius Lee as the league’s preseason player of the year when the league announced its men’s preseason roster on Tuesday.

Lee was killed in the early morning hours of June 20 after a shooting in his hometown of Harlem, NY. He was 21.

As an all-Southland second-team selection, Lee would have been the only returnee to win all first-team pre-season conference honors this season. His preseason honor is one the conference doesn’t typically bestow.

Lee will also be honored later in the season when the Huskies take part in the Darius Lee Memorial Classic on Nov. 21 at Rice University.

Lee began his college basketball career at SUNY Sullivan, where he earned All-American honors, before enrolling at Houston Christian. Last season, Lee was named the Robbie Robertson Male Student Athlete of the Year on campus and led the team in points, rebounds and ranked seventh nationally in steals per game.

He also scored 52 points against McNeese in last season’s Finals, the highest points total by a Division I player in the 2021-22 season to tie the program record for most points in a single game.

Prior to his death, Lee was on track to graduate in December.


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