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The development and chemistry between ICCP's backcourt tandem of Lee and Jordan is a key element for a team without much interior size. The Knights struggled to get wins last season, finishing with an 11-17 record.
“We don’t have a ton of size and will be relying on high pressure defense, a lot of trapping, picking up tempo and creating offense from our defense,” Tyrrell said. “In the past, we have been more conservative, controlled the clock and tempo but with the athleticism and outside shooting we have, we take to advantage of those aspects this year.”
The Knights’ offense will revolve around the playmaking abilities of Lee. A defensive back on ICCP's Class 4A state championship team, Lee is a dynamic player capable of taking over a game with his penetration skills. The junior point guard can create his own offense and be a menace on defense with his physicality.
“He’s a fun player to watch, gotten stronger and starting defensively to become an asset by outmuscling kids, ripping the ball from them,” Tyrrell said of Lee. “His quickness is up there with any guard in the area. He’s extremely hard to guard in transition.
“In one on one situations, he will beat anyone. Guys will have to help off, extend guys in the gap, leave players open like Zach.”
Jordan said he’s been working with Lee to develop a bond on the court that helps the team.
“Chauncey is our best ballhandler, and we have a good thing with him,” he said. “He can get to the paint and finish and if he sees me, he will kick it and I will try and knock it down.”