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Report: Canada’s Xaivian Lee declaring for NBA Draft, maintains college eligibility

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Princeton guard Xaivian Lee is declaring for the NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday.

Lee, a native of Toronto, Ont., was a standout player with the Tigers in his sophomore season, averaging a team-leading 17.1 points a game, good for fourth-most in the Ivy League. He also grabbed 5.7 rebounds and dished out 3.7 assists per game.

His big second-year jump earned him a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team alongside teammate Caden Pierce, who won the Ivy League player of the year.

The Tigers finished first in the regular season with a 24-5 record (12-2 in conference play), but were knocked out by Brown in the first round of the Ivy League tournament. They would not qualify for the NCAA Tournament as a result.

In the 2022-23 season, Lee came off the bench averaging 4.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists and helped No. 15 seed Princeton make a Cinderella run to the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament, taking down Arizona and Missouri in the process.

The 20-year-old played high school basketball at the Crescent School in Toronto before transferring to Perkiomen School in Pennsylvania.

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