Last March, I had the opportunity to attend the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa.
The weekend had several outstanding games, none better than the 12th-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeating the 5th-seeded Drake Bulldogs on a buzzer-beating three in overtime.
It was March Madness at its finest and every fan in the building that day was standing for the final minutes of regulation and overtime. The Hilltoppers continued their unlikely journey all the way to the Elite Eight, where they went on to lose to the top seed in their bracket, the UCLA Bruins.
Throughout the tournament run, one player in particular stood out to me. He was explosive, quicker than his peers, and seemed to be all over the court making an impact. He was senior Courtney Lee, who would be chosen with the 22nd pick in the 2008 NBA by the Orlando Magic.
Nearly 10 months after I first witnessed Lee's dominance in Tampa, I was sitting face-to-face with him courtside in Orlando after his pregame shootaround prior to a game against the Indiana Pacers.
In this RealGM exclusive interview, Lee displays the personality that has allowed him to fit in so well with his new teammates and the confidence that has helped make the transition from college basketball to the NBA so easy.