By Kyle Lovern
CHATTAROY - Former Mingo Central Miner and Williamson Wolfpack athlete Nick Lee is returning to WVU Tech this year to play basketball.
Lee, a 6’4” guard/forward, attended the West Virginia school located in Montgomery his freshman season.
He was redshirted that season, but allowed to practice with the team.
Last year, because of the terminal illness of his late grandfather James Hughes, Lee decided to stay closer to home and take classes at the local community college.
Now that he has his classes in order Lee is itching to get back onto the hardwood and play some college hoops.
“I’ve always played ball,” Lee said. “I wanted to give it another shot. I hope to stay there (WVU Tech) and finish it out.”
Lee contacted coach Bob Williams about going back to the school. He went up for a tryout and played well. Williams told him if he was serious that he had a spot for Lee.
Lee played his first three years at Williamson High School, but finished his high school career at Mingo Central after the consolidation. He played three sports, football, basketball and baseball.
“Basketball was always my favorite,” Lee said. “I first went to Tech to play baseball, but coach Williams saw me shooting around in the gym and asked me to play basketball. It was too late to get on the team that year, so I redshirted.”
Lee is majoring in Criminal Justice.
Lee grew up playing in the local youth leagues in Williamson.
His younger brother Alex Lee is headed to Concord College in a few days to play football for the Mountain Lions.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)