Behind the Scenes with the Wolverines: NCAA South Regional
C.J. Lee begins his fifth season with the Wolverines serving as the Director of Program Personnel. He spent his first three years as the program's administrative specialist.
Lee, a two-year letterwinner for the Wolverines, returned to Michigan after completing work on his master's degree. Lee played in 67 games as a Wolverine and a 103 total in his collegiate career. After transferring to Michigan from Manhattan, Lee walked onto the Wolverines and earned a second semester scholarship as a senior and closed the year earning his bachelor's degree in political science.
Returning for his fifth-year (2008-09), Lee was awarded a full scholarship from Beilein, was named a co-captain and was an integral part in a Wolverine late-season run and subsequent return to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, where U-M advanced to the second round. This marked Michigan's first trip back to the NCAA Tournament in 10 seasons (1998).
Lee was named a Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winner and was a Michigan Daily Student of the Year, one of 10 recipients. He closed his career recording his first career double-digit scoring performance with 11 points against Oklahoma in the NCAA second round. A two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Lee was awarded the Thad Garner Leadership Award twice, the Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player (2009) and the Steve Grote Hustle Award (2008) by the program.
In May of 2010, Lee completed his master's degree in public policy from Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Lee graduate with his bachelor's degree in political science from U-M in 2008. While continuing to finish his master's following his final season, Lee worked for Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder on his campaign. He served as a travel aide and policy/communications staffer until April 2010.
Upon graduating, Lee worked at Ann Arbor SPARK. As a business development manager, Lee helped established companies maneuver the local and state business climate by connecting them to the resources designed to help them succeed.
Born in Saginaw, Mich., Lee spent much of his childhood in Lansing, Mich., until moving to New York State as a teenager and prepped at Pittsford Sutherland High School, earning varsity letters in basketball and football.
The C.J. Lee File
Born: October 17, 1985 Hometown: Pittsford, N.Y. High School: Pittsford Sutherland High School College: Michigan, 2008 (B.A., Political Science), Michigan, 2010 (MPP, Public Policy)