Monarchs Sign 6-9 Gerald Lee From Finland

April 12, 2006
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

April 12, 2006

NORFOLK, VA--Old Dominion University head basketball coach Blaine Taylor announced the signing of Gerald Lee, a 6-9, 220-pound forward from Korihait, Finland to a letter-of-intent.

Lee averaged 18.1 points, and 8.3 rebounds for the Finnish under-18 squad last summer. He scored 30 points with eight rebounds against Hungary as his season high. He shot .566 from the floor. Lee will play for the Finnish under-20 team this coming summer.

"Gerald is a really good fit for our program, our system and the current needs of our roster," said Taylor. "Gerald brings legitimate size and skill to the court. It's going to be interesting to see how much impact he will have early in his career. I think if you look at his family tree, basketball has really been the center piece of their experience. We believe the best years for Gerald are just around the corner."

Lee just completed the season with his city team of Korihait where he averaged 10.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He scored 28 and 25 points in his last two games of the season on a squad that had seven players averaging double figures.

Basketball is in Lee's blood as his father was a point guard at Dowling College in Oakdale, NY. He played pro basketball in Finland and for the Finnish national team. Lee, who retired from coaching led Korihait to the 2003 Finnish first division championship. His uncles also played college basketball, Eugene and Russell played at Marshall while Ron was the 1975 NIT MVP with the University of Oregon who took third place that year.

In the early signing period, the Monarchs signed Marsharee Neely, a 6-2, 180-pound guard from Page High School in Greensoboro, NC. Neely was named the Player of the Year in the Metro 4A league as he averaged 20.1 points, 8.2 rebounds, shot 59 percent from the field, 78.6 percent from the free throw line, and went over the 1,000 career point mark.

Neely earned first team All-Area by the GREENSBORO NEWS RECORD and scored eight points with five rebounds and three assists in the annual North Carolina- South Carolina high school all-star game. Last summer, he played AAU ball for the North Carolina Gators. Neely was selected to the All-Tournament squad at the Bob Gibbons AAU tournament in Chapel Hill, NC.