Vanderbilt guard Saben Lee makes final decision regarding 2020 NBA Draft
Two of Vanderbilt’s top basketball players — Aaron Nesmith and Saben Lee — have declared early for the 2020 NBA Draft.
As a likely first-round pick, Nesmith will remain in the draft class and has hired an agent. On Tuesday, Lee reached his final decision, too.
Per Vanderbilt’s basketball Twitter account, Lee will also remain in the draft and forego his final year of eligibility:
— Vanderbilt Men's Basketball (@VandyMBB) May 5, 2020
“I would like to thank Saben for his contributions to the Vanderbilt men’s basketball program,” said Vanderbilt head coach Jerry Stackhouse in the press release. “We wish him well as he follows his dream of playing in the NBA. I feel he’s capable of developing into an elite defender at the next level. Offensively, he excels at getting to the basket and finishing with high variations because of his length and athleticism. He improved his outside shot this season and will continue to get better and better with reps. We wish him and his family much success going forward on his professional journey.”
Lee isn’t being projected as a first-round pick in many mock drafts, but he could work his way into the second round. He appeared in 32 games for Vanderbilt this past season, starting 17 of them. He averaged 18.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.