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



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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