Former Byron boys basketball player Ahjany Lee announced on Twitter on Monday that he has committed to play men's basketball at the University of St. Thomas.
St. Thomas, coached by Johnny Tauer, is a new Division I program.
Lee is a 6-foot-9 forward who is a four-star recruit. He had a number of Division I offers, including from Minnesota and Iowa of the Big Ten Conference and Kansas of the Big 12 Conference.
Lee played varsity basketball for Byron the past two years but surprised Bears coach Kyle Finney by transferring to Totino-Grace in Fridley for his senior year of 2021-22. Lee had played with the Byron team this summer as well as D1 Minnesota for AAU basketball.
“He played with us all summer, so it’s pretty shocking news,” Finney said after Lee transferred.
The lanky and athletic Lee had a big impact on defense during his tenure at Byron. He averaged 10.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 blocks per game as a junior and opponents were reluctant to test Lee on the inside. He helped Byron post a 17-3 record and earn a berth in the Class AAA state tournament. As a sophomore, he averaged more than 3.5 blocks a game.
Lee is listed as the No. 99 prospect in the country and No. 3 in Minnesota's 2022 class by 247Sports.com.