San Antonio – St. Mary’s University men’s basketball coach Jim Zeleznak announced on Tuesday the signing of Stockton, Calif., native Darren Lee to a national letter of intent to join the Rattlers, starting with the 2008-09 academic year. Lee is the ninth signee for the Rattlers this offseason.

Lee (Jr., Stockton) is a 6’2″, guard, who comes to San Antonio after playing at American River College in Sacramento, Calif. For coach Mark Giorgi. Lee reached double figures in scoring 23 times as a senior, including eight games with 20 or more points. He scored a season-high 30 points against Modesto Junior College. For his play he earned first team All-Big Eight recognition. During his time at ARC, Lee helped the team to 40 wins and a pair of playoff appearances.

Prior to his time at ARC, Lee was a standout for coach David Zyen at Lincoln High School in Stockton, Calif. He earned all-league honors his last two years at the school and was an all-area selection as a senior. He helped LHS to a pair of league titles and three playoff appearances. Off the court he was a member of the Honor Roll all four years at the school.

“Darren is an excellent athlete who should have an immediate impact on next years’ team,” Zeleznak said. “He is a proven scorer that has three-point range and is a quality perimeter defender. He provides us with much needed depth and experience at the wing position.”

St. Mary’s finished the 2007-08 season with a 17-13 record and won the Heartland Conference Tournament title. They fell to Tarleton State University in the first round of the NCAA South Central Region Tournament.

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