Owls' Lee: 'I'm definitely playing'

The plan is for junior Anthony Lee to play when Temple takes on NC State. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ask Temple coach Fran Dunphy if Anthony Lee will play in Friday’s East Regional against North Carolina State, and the answer is: “We are planning on Anthony playing.”

Ask Lee, and the answer is: “I’m definitely playing.”

The 6-foot-9 junior post player, who had been dealing with a concussion, vowed Thursday to play in the NCAA tourney second-rounder at University of Dayton Arena.

“I’m feeling better than I did a couple of days ago,” said Lee, who has been cleared to play. “I’m taking medicine and it is kicking in. So I’m feeling better the last couple of days. I practiced yesterday with the team for the first time [this week]. After that I felt pretty good.”

Lee was rushed to a Brooklyn hospital in the early morning hours Saturday while in New York for the Atlantic Ten tournament.

The Maryland native had a severe headache leading up to Friday’s conference quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts. Things only got worse when he took an elbow to the head on a hook shot in the first half. Lee became dizzy, nauseous, and light-headed. About 12:30 a.m., an hour after the game, he was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance. He was treated and released before spending Saturday and part of Sunday at Temple Hospital.

“He hasn’t run that much over the last week, so we don’t know how many minutes we will get from him [against NC State],” Dunphy said. “It’s hard to predict.”