Even though the Northeastern Huskies fell to the visiting UNC-Asheville Bulldogs Tuesday night, 79-73, and dropped to 4-6 on the season, the team that inhabits America’s oldest college basketball arena received some very good news.
After being sidelined two months due to injury, senior guard and co-captain Jonathan Lee returned to action for the Huskies. It was his first regular season game action since March 3. While the team still lost in his return, the Flint, MI product will definitely prove to be a valuable piece to this Colonial Athletic Association club over the remainder of the season.
Lee injured his foot during routine practice drills on Thursday, October 18 and was originally expected to miss up to six weeks.
Last season, Lee averaged 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 35.1 minutes per game on 47.2 percent shooting from the field, 41.7 percent shooting from three-point land and 78.6 percent shooting from the charity stripe.
To prove his skill and true value, Lee was named to the Preseason All-CAA First Team this fall. Add him to a team coached by Bill Coen that features an electric scorer in Joel Smith, a dynamic swing-man in Quincy Ford and a relentless rebounder in Reggie Spencer, and you have a roster that should be able to contend in the CAA come spring time.
With Drexel, Delaware and Old Dominion all struggling to find their identities thus far in the young season, Northeastern has a chance to really improve and build off the chemistry they built this summer during their trip to Canada while their opponents still look to create chemistry of their own.
Lee could very well be the missing piece to the puzzle.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer