Being a point guard on the basketball floor is very much being a like a quarterback on the gridiron.
The ball is constantly in your hands and the decisions you make can make or break a team, a game or a season.
Mercer Island senior point guard Will Lee, who earned first-team, all-league honors in the 3A KingCo division during the 2018-19 season, led the Islanders to a 17-6 overall record. Mercer Island won the 3A KingCo regular season title and also won the 3A KingCo tournament. The Islanders lost to the Eastside Catholic Crusaders, 54-40, in a loser-out, Class 3A SeaKing playoff game on Feb. 16. While Lee was devastated his team lost against the Crusaders, he still was immensely proud of what his team accomplished.
“It was frustrating and tough but at the same time I don’t think that (loss against Eastside Catholic) should take away from what we did this year. I think we battled really hard in that game in particular but we came up short,” Lee said.
Winning the regular season 3A KingCo crown and winning the 3A KingCo tournament were the highlights of the season for Lee.
“It felt amazing. It was what we wanted. We haven’t won the KingCo title and KingCo championship together in the same season since the 2012-13 season. Honestly, nothing felt better than that,” Lee said.
Going into this final season of high school basketball, Lee knew he had to be a leader on and off the court for the Islanders.
“I really embraced that this year because we’ve had some great senior leadership in years past. I knew it would be my time to step up. I knew I had to gather the troops and get them together. I feel like I was able to do that this year and it helped us be successful,” Lee said.
Recently the Mercer Island Reporter had an opportunity to ask Lee some questions about his life away from the basketball court.
Mercer Island Reporter: What is your favorite restaurant in Mercer Island?
Will Lee: Gourmet Teriyaki. That is my favorite place.
MIR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
WL: On the basketball court, when guys are being lazy.
MIR: How many text messages do you send per day?
WL: It varies. I try to stay off my phone as much as possible. I usually send around 10.
MIR: What is your dream vacation spot?
WL: Hawaii. Every time I go to Hawaii I just love to sit on the beach. Something we don’t get here (western Washington), is a lot of sun. I don’t really get to go in the water much.
MIR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
WL: Michael Jordan. He is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).