Damion Lee, a key member of Calvert Hall’s 2009-10 Baltimore Catholic League basketball championship team, was honored on Tuesday night at his alma mater after winning an NBA title in June with the Golden State Warriors.
Lee had his Golden State jersey hung at the school, joining the jerseys of three other Cardinals – Duane Ferrell, Juan Dixon and Gary Neal – who also played in the NBA.
Lee had 15 points in Calvert Hall’s BCL title game victory over Mount St. Joseph in 2010, as he helped his team rally from 17 points down. He was named to the All-Tournament team, but it was just the start of Lee’s amazing basketball career.
“It feels amazing,” said Lee. “For everything to come full circle, from winning a championship here at Calvert Hall, to winning an NBA championship. Twelve years ago, I never thought that was even a possibility. I’m blessed. The hard work and dedication and the support from family and friends that have gotten me through, and given me encouragement, makes this special. To have my name up here forever is truly amazing.”
Labled the “X-Factor” off the bench for Golden State last season, Lee completed his fourth season with the Warriors. He played a key role off the bench for the World Champs, averaging 7.4 points a game, shooting 44% from the field and 88% from the free throw line (19th among NBA players with a minimum of 250 attempts). He also added 3.2 rebounds per game and averaged 19.9 minutes per game while appearing in 63 regular season contests. Lee also saw action in 16 post-season contests.
Golden State will now need to replace that production as the 6-foo-5 Lee signed a free agent contract with the Phoenix Suns last month.
In 2010, Lee’s Calvert Hall teammates included Jon Graham, Donya Jackson, Kyle Wise, Cameron Cook and Sean Wise. The team was coached by John Bauersfeld. In 2022, Lee played alongside Seth Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Jordon Poole, and Andrew Wiggins. The champs were coached by Steve Kerr.
“Playing with future Hall of Famers like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, guys that will go down as some of the best that have ever played the game, and learning from them every single day, and now going to the Phoenix Suns where I will learn from Chris Paul, Devin Booker, James Jones, and coach Monty Williams, I’m just blessed,” said Lee. “I’ve been around so many great Hall of Famers and I will continue to learn more from them, and hopefully my game will continue to grow.”
Lee began his college career at Drexel before playing his final year at Louisville, where he earned All-ACC 2nd-Team honors. He made his NBA debut with the Atlanta Hawks in 2018. In the 2019-2020 season with the Warriors, Lee had career highs of 12.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game.
In 2010, Varsity Sports Network’s Joe DiBlasi interviewed Calvert Hall’s Damion Lee moments after he scored 15 points to help his Cardinals claim a come-for-behind victory over Mount St. Joseph in the Baltimore Catholic League Tournament championship game.