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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Marcus Lee



You may know Marcus Lee as a 6’9″ power forward and one of the stars in Kentucky’s incoming freshmen class. But off the basketball court, the chill Californian is one of the goofier personalities BBN has encountered for awhile, one who will leave an impression long after he exits Rupp Arena. You’ve seen the highlight tapes and read his stat lines at all star games; now, enjoy learning some new things about Marcus Lee.


1. His volleyball skills rival his basketball skills. In a stereotypical Californian trait, Lee has played volleyball (indoors and beach) for six years and even had scholarship offers from Stanford, Cal-Fullerton, UC-Irvine, and UC-San Diego. As a middle blocker, Lee translated his volleyball blocking skills to basketball shot-blocking skills, even learning to block with his non-dominant left hand when he broke his right thumb. Let’s go back to some highlights from his high school volleyball career for evidence (Lee is 22):



Perry Stevenson, you may have some competition on Marikka’s courts soon.


2. He’s a small town kid. When Lee tells people he’s from Antioch, he gets the same looks you or I would get in New York if we told people we were from, say, Paducah or Elizabethtown- as in, blank stares (no offense to either city. I’ve played in some fabulous soccer tournaments in those towns over the years). With a population of just over 100,000, Antioch is about a third of the size of Lexington.


3. In his spare time, Marcus volunteers for a campaign called “Every 15 Minutes,” a group dedicated to spreading awareness of the dangers associated with driving while impaired and/or texting. To remind him “not to do dumb sh*t while driving,” Marcus keeps this in his car:


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A little morbid, but whatever stops you from texting and driving.


You can find out more about Every 15 Minutes here. Kentucky players have become known for their contributions in the community as well as on the court, and it’s great to see Marcus already taking part in an effort to raise awareness about something as dangerous as driving while texting or under the influence.


4. He’s a fan of 90s television shows. Lee’s Twitter makes references to Saved By The Bell as well as the upcoming Boy Meets World spinoff, Girl Meets World (yeah, it’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like). You can’t argue with good taste, y’all.


5. He’s considered a career at Apple. Marcus’ brother Bryan works as a recruiter for Apple, and Marcus describes himself as a tech geek who never really believed that the NBA was a possible career path for him. Just wait til Calipari is done with you, Marcus.


There you have it, BBN. The Man Behind the Fauxhawk. For some reason, I have a feeling Marcus and Willie Cauley-Stein are going to get along really well.



Article written by Kristen Geil

13 Comments for Five Things You Didn’t Know About Marcus Lee

  1. bluetooth
    7:09 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    marcus u r a cat

  2. bluetooth
    7:09 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink


  3. JoeMoney333
    7:13 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Well my wife is in love with him already.

  4. SexnNursinHomes
    7:14 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink


    Would you make baby with Tapenga?



  5. Austin
    7:18 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    I am _______ to say that I only knew two of the things on this list. When I knew the first thing, I started contemplating whether I needed to get a life. I had heard the Apple thing some place else too. Maybe I should go ahead and get a life.

  6. Andrew Wiggins
    7:18 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    I, along with most of the bbn knew 4 out of these 5 based on nothing but KSR posts. I congratulate you on realizing the fact that he likes 90s television. He grew up in the 90s so what do you expect?

    You are now officially the worst writer on this site IMO, and thats saying something considering Corey Nichols writes here too. We all know how pointless his 9am posts are.

  7. Austin
    7:27 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Judging by the shirt in this pic, Marcus will have to step up his wardrobe to hang with Willie. The hair seems to be a step in the swaggerfication of Lee. Will the wardrobe follow?? Stay tuned to KSR to find out!

  8. teddie925
    7:55 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    6. If he is 18 he would of been born in 1993. I am sure he didn’t watch save by the bell in the crib.

  9. teddie925
    7:55 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    6. make that 1995

  10. Mazeer
    8:32 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink


    If you listen and learn from Cal, you can become the best recruiter that Alpple ever had.

    You can sign the number one recruiting class every year just like Cal

  11. CaliforniaDreaming
    8:44 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Does he know Bill Walton? Is he a Dead Head? Does he surf? Did he ever meet Misty May? Will he know who Conway Twitty is if Matt interviews him? Has Jon Lipsitz talked to him about trying out for the men’s team? KSR, you should find out the answers to these meaningless social media questions.

    I have read that in his senior year of high school he averaged 13.9 PPG, 2.2 APG, 13.9 RPG, !.3 SPG, and 9.1 BPG.
    My take is he’s young (duh), a little raw, very smart, and has that pterodactyl look about him, just like AD did. That’s just crazy, especially when you consider this kid may really be coming to college to get a degree.

    Like your style, Marcus Lee. Welcome to UK.

  12. The Real JD
    8:50 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone notice thats the same hat that Julius Randle had on the day he committed?


  13. GrammerCop
    8:52 pm April 28, 2013 Permalink

    That’s a brohawk not a fauxhawk. I hate myself for knowing that.