A few years ago, Lester Lee was honored as one of the top basketball players in Northwestern State history.
Saturday marks a time for another honor as Lee, a member of the “Fantastic 50” on NSU’s All-Century Demon Basketball Team, will be feted as the Great of the Game during NSU’s 6:02 p.m. football game against Sam Houston State.
A Natchitoches native and St. Mary’s product, Lee lettered for the Demons from 1964-66.
Lee was at his best shooting the ball, never more so than when the Demons faced Gulf States Conference opponents. Lee knocked down 67.9 percent of his shots in conference play as a senior, setting a school record for shooting percentage in conference games.
That record run was part of a senior season that saw Lee make 59.5 percent of his shots throughout the entire season, a mark that remains 10th in school single-season history. His true aim helped the Demons post an 18-7 overall record and a 9-3 mark in GSC play that season.
Lee played for legendary coach Tynes Hildebrand alongside two of NSU’s top-10 all-time scorers – James Wyatt (No. 2) and David Clark (No. 7). His success led him to be one of 12 players from the 1960s honored on the All-Century Team, which was revealed in 2013.