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Arizona transfer Ira Lee commits to George Washington

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Arizona Wildcats transfer forward Ira Lee will be continuing his career at George Washington University in D.C., he announced Friday.

Lee will be a fifth-year senior and have one year of eligibility with the Colonials, who have not had a winning season since 2016-17.

A former top-100 recruit, Lee should be able to carve out a much bigger role than he did at Arizona, where he was a four-year backup and averaged 3.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 13.1 minutes across 113 career games. Lee’s monstrous blocks and dunks and overall positive energy made him a fan favorite anyway.

After UA’s last game Lee wrote: “I have so many emotions and memories that I could write a book. These 4 years have been eye opening and a lot of fun, Love you guys forever and thankful to be a Wildcat for life.”

Lee departs the UA as one of just eight Sean Miller-coached players to sign with Arizona out of high school and stay with the Wildcats for four years. He will be a valuable locker room presence for the Colonials.

“Ira is a great kid,” Miller said during the season. “He’s one of the most popular players on all four teams that he’s played on. And trust me, there’s a lot of guys that come and go during the four years he’s been here. So if you take inventory of what I just said, being a great teammate, really caring about the team that he’s a part of, respecting our basketball program, those are things that Ira gets an A+ in. He’s also going to graduate, and getting a degree from the University of Arizona alone is quite an accomplishment. So he’ll do that this spring and I also think that he’s been a key contributor and been able to impact each of the four teams that he’s been on.”