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Byron’s Ahjany Lee Talks About His Iowa Offer

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BYRON, Minn. (KTTC) - Pay attention, basketball fans. There's a new name you need to know: Ahjany Lee.

Last week, the 6-9 Byron basketball star picked up his first scholarship offer... from the University of Iowa.

"It was unbelievable [to be offered by Iowa] to be honest because I never really felt like I was going to make it this far," said Lee. "For my first offer to be such a high-level like that, it was amazing."

Almost as amazing as the talent Lee displays on the floor. The rising junior has a skill-set perfect for the modern game -- a long rim-runner with the ability to step outside, handle the ball, and knock down shots. College coaches have taken notice.

"McCaffery said he's seen me play," said Ahjany. "He knows I'm very versatile, so he said he knows I play primarily the 4, but he said 'With your versatility, you can play the 5. We could even put you at the 2,' if they needed me because I can step out and shoot it, so if I were to go there, I know that I'd be playing multiple positions."

One thing that stands out about Lee is the wow-factor. His high school head coach Kyle Finney says Ahjany possess and elite level size and athleticism, which makes him a match up nightmare every single time he plays.

"It's top notch," said Finney. "The biggest thing with Ahjany is his length, is one thing, but it's also you don't see many guys his size that can run like he does. His ability to pass and do a lot of different things as a big has really helped us a team to develop."

Another advantage Lee has in his recruiting process over other players players is that his older sibling went through it. HIs big sister, Ayoka, plays at Kansas State -- and was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year this past season.

"Everybody wishes to have an older sibling that went through the same process," said Ahjany. "I mean, it makes it a lot easier."

Lee is sure to have more schools come calling. In addition to Iowa, he's also drawing interest from Wisconsin, Ohio State, Kansas State, Louisville, Maryland, and Northern Iowa.

"He's a diamond in the rough," said Finney. "He's just beginning to scratch the potential of what he can get to, and Ahjany knows that, which is why he keeps adding to his game."

Pat Lund contributed to this report.

Mark Poulose

Mark Poulose is a Sports Reporter/Anchor at KTTC.

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