April 16, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- William "HaHa" Lee, a Dallas County native and UAB men's basketball signee, was named Alabama's 2014 Mr. Basketball by the Alabama Sports Writers Association at an awards banquet in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday.
Lee was also named the Class 4A Player of the Year, while fellow UAB signee Lewis Sullivan from Hazel Green, Ala., was named the Class 6A Player of the Year.
"I am excited about the future of UAB basketball," head coach Jerod Haase said. "For HaHa to be named the best high school basketball player in this state is a tremendous accomplishment. Our incoming class is a special group, and UAB fans are going to have fun watching these guys over the next few years."
Lee is the third UAB signee and the first since 1994 to win Alabama's Mr. Basketball honors, joining former Blazers Larry Rembert (1986) and Rod Willie (1994).
The Mr. Basketball award is one of numerous honors for the 6-foot-9 forward. Lee, who led Dallas County to a Class 4A state title in his senior season, was also named the state's Gatorade Player of The Year, was a Class 4A First-Team performer and was the Alabama Class 4A Final 48 MVP.
Sullivan's Class 6A Player of the Year honor also adds to his long list of accomplishments. The Hazel Green product was named the 2014 Tennessee Valley Player of the Year and was an ASWA Class 6A First-Team honoree.
Lee and Sullivan are a part of UAB's talented incoming signing class that also features Jarvis Calhoun (Hewitt-Trussville), Chris Cokley (Savannah, Ga.) and Nick Norton (Bloomington, Ill.).
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