UAB’s Lee on pace for 100 blocks

Published 7:56 pm Wednesday, January 13, 2016

UAB sophomore William Lee had one of his best games of the season Saturday against UTEP. The former Dallas County High School standout posted season highs with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the Blazers’ 87-80 win.

Lee is fifth in the nation in blocks per game with 3.06 and already has swatted 49 shots this year, the ninth hightest total in UAB history. The single season record for blocked shots in a season at UAB is 129 by Alan Ogg in 1988-89. If Lee keeps up his current pace, he’d fall short of Ogg’s record, but would challenge the century mark.

UAB has 15 more games left on its schedule, but that doesn’t factor in the Conference USA Tournament or any postseason play the Blazers’ take part in.

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UAB is currently in the midst of a 10-game winning streak and hasn’t lost at home all season, so the Blazers have NCAA Tournament aspirations.

After a poor shooting start to the year, Lee has heated up over recent games. He’s shot 53 percent from the field in UAB’s last 12 games.  Lee has also scored in double figures in eight of UAB’s last nine games.

UAB plays at Old Dominion on CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Here’s a look at how other athletes with Selma connections have fared recently:


Jerrod Moorer

Iowa Central Community College’s Moorer is tenth in the National Junior College Athletic Association in scoring this year. He’s averaging 22.7 points per game and is shooting 49.7 percent from the 3-point line.

Moorer, who played at Dallas County High School, scored 12 points in his last game against North Iowa. It was the first time all season Moorer hadn’t scored 21 points or more this year.

Kendell Motley, who played with Moorer at Dallas County, is also on Iowa Central. He’s averaged 2.3 points per game this year on 61.5 percent shooting from the field.


Jasmine Peeples

Alabama State’s Jasmine Peeples has averaged 6.5 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game this season for the Hornets. She scored eight points and had four rebounds in Alabama State’s last game against Arkansas Pine Bluff on Monday.

Peeples is from Selma and went to high school at Selma High School.


Jeffery Mack

Vorhees College’s Jeffery Mack has averaged 17 points per game this season. Mack, who played basketball at Southside High School and Wallace Community College Selma, has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. He’s leading Vorhees in scoring and he’s shooting 46 percent from the field.

Keyonis Phillips, who played at Dallas County High School, also plays for Vorhees. He’s scored 12 points this season on 2-for-15 shooting.


Michael Johnson

Selma native Michael Johnson and the Bengals were one play away from advancing to the AFC Divisional playoffs last week against Pittsburgh.

Johnson tripped up Pittsburgh ball carrier Fitzgerald Toussaint to force a fourth-and-three with 28 seconds left in the game. With the game on the line, the Steelers converted and two Bengals penalties moved Pittsburgh into field goal range. Pittsburgh won 18-16, ending Cincinnati’s season. The Bengals playoff drought  is now at 25 years.

Johnson had five combined tackles in the game, including four solo stops. He finished with 47 total tackles on the season.