Anthony Lee, Temple’s sophomore forward, is one of the top young players in the Big 5 as well as the Atlantic 10 Conference. Lee, a 6-foot-9, 230-pounder, averages 11.3 points a game. He is the Owls’ leading rebounder, averaging 7.7 boards a game.
Lee has been a huge factor in helping Temple (16-7 overall, 5-4 A-10) in its efforts to finish the season on a high note heading into the conference tournament with hopes of landing another NCAA tournament berth.
Although Lee is a great basketball player, his skills aren’t limited to just playing the game. The Columbia, Md. native also has some musical talents. He is a gospel rap performer and is featured on a song with up-and-coming rapper/producer Marty of HiDef Music Productions, LLC.
Their song, “Ball”, was used during Temple’s pregame warm-ups in 2010-11. Joshua Martin aka Marty and Calvin Wilson are the owners of the studio HiDef Music Productions, which produced the song. “Ball” is part of the mix-tape “The Breakup,” produced in October 2010. Lee performs under the name “Young Polo.”
“I just want to give a shout out to my man Joshua,” Lee said. “It was nice to have the song played in warm-ups.”
Like most people involved with gospel music, it all begins in the church. Lee is no different.
“I had people that came to my church,” Lee said. “My dad had brought them in, and through the power of God there lies a change. They decided to do gospel rap. They were doing secular rap at first. So, it was actually something I was interested in. After that happened, we started doing songs. I wanted to be a part of it. Stuff like that, I’ve enjoyed it and just wanted to continue it.”
Lee is very familiar with the gospel rap industry. He has followed a number of the groups that are in the music business.
“There are a lot of well known artists that do gospel rap, and they’re starting becoming main tream,” he said. “It’s something I’ve always done. It’s a real good message with a purpose. I really don’t have as much time to do it. But it’s something I always wanted to do.
“I’m a fan of Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary and all those people. That’s my passion. It’s something I like to do. You know, to balance it out. I would like to do both. Right now, I’m just chilling and focusing more on basketball. I’m going to let that come, because I know I can always do that.”
Lee is a broadcasting major. He plans to have a career in the media.
“I would like to be a TV personality,” he said. “Once I get that done there are a lot of possibilities. I do a lot of motivational speaking as well.”
Lee seems to have a good foundation. He’s been able to succeed on and off the court. He credits his familywith much of his success.
“I got a good support system around me,” he said. “I have my parents, my family and all the people who have supported me from far away and who have known me since I was little. They’ve always kept me grounded. I just really appreciate them being in my life.”
Temple will host Duquesne on Thursday, Feb. 14 at at 7 p.m. at the Liacouras Center. All these games are crucial for the Owls as they make their way toward March and the conference tournament. Lee feels very confident about what the team can do coming down the stretch.
“I think we have a good point guard (Will Cummings),” he said. “We got a great shooting guard with Khalif (Wyatt). We have Scootie (Randolph) and Rahlir (Hollis-Jefferson). I’m just trying to fill in and do the things I can do to help us keep winning games. Every game is big in this conference. We have Butler and VCU in our conference. So, it’s very tough when you’re trying to get to the tournament.”
Lee seems to have a stroke of harmony in blending basketball and music.
NOTES: Khalif Wyatt has been named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week and Big 5 Player of the Week. Wyatt averaged 22.5 points a game, leading Temple as the Owls’ top scorer in a pair of one-point victories. He had 25 points, dished out four assists, made two blocks and two steals in 89-88 win over Charlotte. He hit a late free throw that gave Temple a four-point lead, allowing the Owls to survive a three-pointer by Charlotte. Wyatt followed that with 20-point performance in 72-71 win over Dayton.