Lee, Lynch and Wills Sign NLIs with Illinois State

Nov. 17, 2012

NORMAL, Ill. - Proviso East High School guard Paris Lee, Edina High School forward Reggie Lynch and Ben Davis High School guard Tony Wills, will continue their collegiate and basketball careers at Illinois State, after each signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the NCAA early signing period.

Last season, Lee averaged 12.0 points per game for Proviso East, located in Chicago suburban Maywood, Ill. He also sank 60 three-point field goals while shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior led the Pirates to a second-place finish at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 4A State Tournament. Additionally, Lee has played for the prestigious Mac Irvin Fire AAU program. Over the summer, Lee averaged 9.6 points, 2.8 assists and 2.6 steals in five games for Mac Irvin Fire at the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam. He is an ESPN.com two-star recruit.

"Paris is an elite on the ball defender and a great teammate," ISU head coach Dan Muller said. "Paris can play on or off the ball because of his ability to both shoot and pass. He has played for winning coaches and elite programs with the Mac Irvin Fire and at Proviso East, therefore he is used to winning."

Lynch, who is one of the top shot-blockers in the state of Minnesota, averaged 10.1 points per game last season. He led Edina, located in Minneapolis suburban Edina, Minn., to the Section Six Class AAAA finals. After recording 10 double-figure games, Lynch earned an All-Pioneer Press honorable mention selection. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound senior also had a strong summer playing for the Minnesota Magic Elite AAU program.

"Reggie is a long, physical, 6-foot-10 big man who can really block shots," Muller said. "His size and athleticism will allow him to be an effective defender from the day he steps on campus. If Reggie works as hard as I think he is going to work, he is going to have a special career here at ISU."



Like Lee, Wills is also a three-point shooting threat. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior averaged 15.0 points per game, and shot 40 percent from beyond the arc for Ben Davis in Indianapolis. Wills is ranked among the top-25 seniors in Indiana and played for the Indiana Junior All-Stars over the summer against Kentucky. He is also a three-star recruit, according to ESPN.com.

"Tony is a long wing with great feet on the defensive end," Muller said. "He is very talented offensively and can score from a lot of different areas on the court because of his ability to shoot and finish. Tony is the first of many kids we hope to get from Indiana, and we are glad he is."

Lee, Lynch and Wills will each be eligible to play during the 2013-14 season.

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