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Rocky Mountain’s Kolby Lee commits to BYU basketball

Rocky Mountain’s Kolby Lee rises up for a shot against Madison during the first round of the 5A state tournament March 3 at the Ford Idaho Center.
Rocky Mountain’s Kolby Lee rises up for a shot against Madison during the first round of the 5A state tournament March 3 at the Ford Idaho Center. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Senior center Kolby Lee grew up idolizing BYU basketball.

But as coaches around the nation started recruiting the 6-foot-9, 250-pounder, he made up his mind he wouldn’t head to Provo just because he watched them as a child.

“They’ve been my dream school since I was little, but they did what they had to do to get me,” Lee said. “They recruited me just like all the other schools.”

Lee will serve an LDS mission after graduating from Rocky Mountain in the spring, joining BYU as part of its 2019 recruiting class.

Lee said his final four came down to Boise State, Utah State and UC Davis. But an unofficial visit to a BYU open gym convinced him to commit to the Cougars early.

“I wanted to be protected for my senior year, and then I just feel like it was the best decision for me,” Lee said. “I didn’t really want to lead other coaches on. The recruiting process, it’s been pretty heavy for me since I was a sophomore. I was kind of tired of it and ready to be done.”

Rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Lee averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks a game for Rocky Mountain last winter, leading the Grizzlies to a 19-7 record and the 5A state consolation championship.

He was a second-team Idaho Statesman All-Idaho pick and returns this winter for his senior season.

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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