William Lee breaks UAB blocks record

Published 11:44 pm Friday, January 26, 2018

Selma native and Dallas County High School alumnus William “HaHa” Lee broke the University of Alabama-Birmingham school record for career blocks on Thursday night against UTEP.

Going into the game, Lee needed just one block to tie the record of 266 blocks set by Alan Ogg, who played at UAB from 1986-1990.

He tied the record 2:55 into the first half, and later broke the record with just 1:02 left in the game.

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Lee now has the record of 267 career blocks at UAB all to himself.

However, being at the top of the record books in blocks isn’t new territory for Lee.

He holds the No.1, 7 and 12th spot in the AHSAA record books for most blocked shots in a game with 26, 14 and 12 respectively. He posted the single game high record in his sophomore season in 2011-2012.

Lee is No. 1, 2 and 5 in AHSAA history for blocks in a season with 505, 402 and 241. His best season for blocks was his junior season in 2012-2013.

His 1,322 blocks during his high school career at DCHS places him as the best shot blocker in AHSAA history.

He has 620 more blocks than the second all-time leader in blocks, Stanley Wormely (702 blocks) of Jones Valley, who played from 1983-1986.

His former coach, DCHS principal Willie Moore, is proud to see his former player continue to excel at his craft for UAB.

Lee was on Moore’s 2013-2014 state championship team at DCHS.

“I’m so proud of him and his accomplishments at UAB,” Moore said. “For him to have all those blocks at UAB says a lot because a lot of people go their whole careers without getting as many blocked shots as he’s attained. But I’m not surprised.”

Lee’s place at the top of the AHSAA record books, and now UAB’s, really highlights how dominant he’s been. According to Moore, it also means a lot to the community.

“It validates his prowess on the high school level,” Moore said. “I think it’s good for William individually, but I think it’s really good for our school, county and community here.”