Now winners of four of their last five Colonial Athletic Association games, the Drexel Dragons have now clawed their way back into the thick of the CAA standings. Drexel (9-12, 5-4) is currently tied for the 4th seed in the conference if the CAA Tournament were to begin tonight, Friday, Feb. 1 with George Mason.
The main reason for the Dragons’ success has been none other than sophomore guard Damion Lee.
Lee, a Preseason 1st Team All-CAA Selection, entered this college basketball season with high expectations for himself and his team. Last year, Lee averaged 12.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 28.9 minutes per game. This year, the Baltimore, Md. product is putting up 18.8 points 4.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists and is also the second-leading scorer in the conference behind Delaware’s junior guard Devon Saddler.
Recently, during Drexel’s current streak of winning ways, Lee has improved his production even more. Over the Dragons’ last three games, specifically, he’s averaging 26.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. With his ridiculous scoring streak, Lee has also played his way into the CAA Player of the Year discussion.
Back in October, Lee’s backcourt-mate, Frantz Massenat, earned Preseason CAA Player of the Year honors. However, since the season, and conference play began, Towson junior forward Jerrelle Benimon became the clear-cut favorite to win the end of season award. Benimon, a transfer from Georgetown, sat out last the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer policy. This year, he’s leading all of Division I basketball with 15 double-doubles and is averaging an impressive 16.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.
But, with Drexel streaking and potentially making a run at one of the top seeds in the conference tournament—they’re just three games out of first place with eight games left to play—Lee could be the starring player of the hottest team in the conference come March. If that’s the case, it may be hard to argue Benimon over Lee for the Player of the Year.