RALPH O. LEE (`86)---1999 Inductee ---lettered four years in basketball; two-time team captain; Co-MVP in 1984-85 season.
Lee still holds the Xavier career record for assists with 699. He put together the top two single season assist totals with 251 in 1985-86 and 199 in 1984-85. Lee also distinguished himself on defense, finishing his career with 194 steals.
Lee was the team quarterback and leader during a time that Xavier's program enjoyed a positive turnaround. The numbers don't lie during Lee's four seasons at Xavier, as the Musketeers went from a stretch of three straight losing seasons (8-18 in 1979-80, 12-16 in 1980-81, and 8-20 in 1981-82) to a stretch of four straight winning seasons (22-8 in 1982-83, 22-11 in 1983-84, 16-13 in 1984-85, and 25-5 in 1985-86). XU averaged 21.3 wins a season during Lee's career while winning two NCAA Tournament bids, two MCC Tournament Championships, one MCC Regular Season Championship and an NIT Quarterfinal appearance.
Lee made an impression as a freshman (1982-83), spelling XU Hall of Famer Anthony Hicks at the point guard spot and allowing Hicks to move to his more natural position of shooting guard.
Lee took over as the starting point guard in his sophomore season, beginning a stretch of 92 straight starts for Xavier. He was the only underclassman to start on XU's NIT Quarterfinalist Team that defeated Ohio State and Nebraska before losing by a point at Michigan. He was named to the All-NIT Tournament Team and gained valuable experience touring Europe against Olympic talent in Yugoslavia, Italy, France and Great Britain.
Lee, 1984-85 Co-Captain, took the lead in trying to keep Xavier a winner despite the loss of the fabulous senior foursome of 1983-84: Victor Fleming, Jeff Jenkins, John Shimko, and Dexter Bailey, who all were drafted by the NBA. Lee did guide the Musketeers to a very respectable 16-13 record in the 1984-85 season, giving the Musketeer fans reason to look forward to "next season."
"Next season" came in 1985-86 and the Musketeers didn't let their fans down, winning a then school record 25 games (25-5) en route to a MCC Regular Season Championship, a MCC Tournament Championship and a NCAA Tournament berth. Lee was named Second Team All-MCC by Associated Press after dishing out a school record 251 assists as a senior.
LEE'S XAVIER CAREER BASKETBALL STATS
CAREER-HIGH POINT GAME: 23 vs. St. Peter's (NJ) at Cincinnati Gardens (1-8-86).