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Cats Illustrated talks to Marcus Lee’s brother about BBM visit

The fine people over at Cats Illustrated caught up with Bryan Lee, the older brother of UK target Marcus Lee, about the family’s visit to Lexington for Big Blue Madness. According to the older Lee brother, Marcus is strongly considering Kentucky and the timing of the visit really helped the Wildcats chances. The 6-foot-9 forward from California was in town with all four UK commits from the 2013 class.

“To have a visit at the same time with the Harrison twins and James Young was just perfect timing,” Bryan Lee told the Rivals.com site. “The cool thing to me was to see the families and how everyone comes from different places.”

“Marcus has grown really close with coach Calipari this fall with all of the time he’s spent with him,” he added. “What Marcus likes about coach Calipari is that he speaks to the guys in a simple way of putting things with the recruitment. Marcus is looking mostly for a coach that will push him hard to that next level and who knows exactly what it takes to get there. There’s no doubt that Calipari is a great motivator.”

It sounds like the visit went as well as one could, but Marcus Lee isn’t going to rush to commit based on the excitement of a visit, according to Bryan. He said his younger brother will be tedious with the decision.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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24 Comments for Cats Illustrated talks to Marcus Lee’s brother about BBM visit



  1. westerncat
    1:51 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Come on Marcus and join the great team that Cal is building. You can be part of something special.



  2. emlang08
    1:55 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Would a Lee commitment have a negative impact on Randle?



  3. MustacheMan
    1:57 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldn’t think it would, given that Randle would be starting ahead of him.



  4. RYNO
    2:04 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Obviously Randle is top priority for PF. He’s in a class of his own, but if Cal can sign Lee, that would be a huge pick up. It seems like Lee really ‘gets it’. ESPN ranks him 28th, but Rivals has Lee ranked 15th overall. Front court depth could become an issue for 2013 if Wiltjer leaves after this year and they miss on Randle.



  5. SuperTroy18
    2:05 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Seems like it’s only a matter of whether or not his family and he want him to stay close to home or not. I think since he’d benefit SO much from Coach Cal, that he’ll commit as soon as the end of this year, Randle or not. (Even though I think we’ll get Randle too.) Marcus seems like he is a two-year guy anyway.



  6. Devastation INC
    2:06 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    it may not have a neg impact but surely it would not have a pos impact either.



  7. kaboom
    2:08 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    could we possibly land Lee, Wiggins, Gordon, and Randle?

    My only doubt comes if randle commits and gordon is swayed away, i dont see randle fearing a spot on the team. These kids all seem to really want to play here more.



  8. RYNO
    2:11 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Check out the latest ESPN top 100- I just noticed that Mamadou Ndiaye is on there! All 7’5″, 310 lbs of him comes in at #77. I don’t know why that made me happy but it did. The first official post championship, Matt Jones “bum-bum-bum” has officially caught the eye of ESPN’s college talent scouts. Go get em Mamadou!



  9. AWAT
    2:12 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Go ahead and get Lee signed up for class. Randle will not be swayed either way by this committment, doesn’t affect him any.



  10. Scott Cooper
    2:16 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think it would matter. As good as they are we wouldn’t really need a center u could play Randle/WCS/Wiltjer/Lee 2 at a time with the guards we have they can all rebound and play great defense.



  11. RYNO
    2:20 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    2,7) Nah- Randle’s probably down to Florida and UK. Florida has already signed #9 Chris Walker at PF (6’10” 200 lbs.). Remember the cake Donovan’s wife baked? My point is, if you think he’s worried about getting pushed for PT, Lee wouldn’t be as much of a threat as Walker.



  12. kaboom
    2:20 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    9. In accordance with your awknowledgment of an actual center the Cats are recruiting, let me restate: could we possibly land Lee, Wiggins, Randle, and Mamadou?



  13. RYNO
    2:22 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    13) How about Kennedy Meeks? He doesn’t have an offer, but he’s #18 overall on ESPN. I heard his name a little, but not much. He does list UK as a finalist.



  14. RYNO
    2:24 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    ^^^^^^Meeks has offers from UNC, Georgetown, IU, NC State, and Ohio St. Says something when UK hasn’t even offered and they’re still in the mix. He’s a big boy, 6’9″, 275!



  15. DC4UK
    2:25 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    #8 We all wish that Uk could sign them all but I don’t they will. Sounds like Lee is Uks to lose imo. If he is onboard I still think we have a good shot at Randle. If Uks team is good this year the whole team (top 7) will leave. Gordon is announcing in spring if Randle signs elsewhere Cal will put the heat on him. I want Wiggins the most but who knows with him. Hopefully hear something soon about him staying in 2014 or not.



  16. big ups
    2:30 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    self just landed wayne selden. He can have him



  17. Big Blue 66
    2:52 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    are we positive that Cal has given Lee an offer yet?



  18. 3 fan
    3:03 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Did Lee’s brother forget that Derrick Willis was there also??? 🙂



  19. SuperCats
    3:08 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Scout says Lee is a center at 6′ 9″ and does
    not have on offer, but Meeks does have an
    offer.
    Scout must be wrong.



  20. RYNO
    5:06 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    19) Oh yes. Derek Willis- the forgotton man. I fear that Willis, Kentucky’s top ranked player, will be doomed to that title for a while. I could be wrong, but I think Cal won’t have much trouble recruiting over his head for at least two years.

    On that note, it will be interesting to see how long UK goes without a true born and bred Kentucky kid being a key contributor. It’s not Willis’ or even Cal’s fault. I wouldn’t think even Darius Miller could have come in with any of Cal’s UK classes and gotten significant minutes until at least his soph. or jr. year.



  21. RYNO
    5:10 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    20) ESPN and Rivals both have Meeks sans offer and Lee with one.



  22. Bum Bum Bum
    5:36 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Poor RYNO, Ndaiye has no shot at ever playing for UK. Matt was bamboozled on that bum bum bum.



  23. mike
    10:15 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    The true test, If everyone thinks coach Cal gets this top level talent to play to their strengths and gets them to improve and gets the most out of these players, then lets see what he can do with Derek Willis, give him a chance to really earn his keep and get the most out of him, then we will see how well he coaches, DW has some talent, let see what coach can really DO and if he can get him to the NBA!!!!!! comments welcome