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Marcus Lee gets the treatment


The latest entry in ‘Meet the Wildcats,’’s summer series of player profiles, gives us an in-depth look at the class’s most enigmatic player: Marcus Lee. Marcus has been somewhat lost in the whole Harrisons/Randle/etc shuffle over the last few months, but don’t let that under the radar-ness fool you. Dude can play. Just ask anyone who’s been at some of the summer workouts and scrimmages.

You probably knew all that, though. So, some highlights…


On volleyball:


“It gave me a release to basketball,” Lee said. “It allowed me to free my mind and not really worry about recruiting and how I’m going to get a scholarship. With volleyball it was just like, play and have fun.”

Make no mistake about it, Lee’s first love is basketball, and that will always be his top priority — Lee was playing basketball on breakaway goals in his basement just as soon as he could walk — but there is a passion for volleyball inside of Lee.

“It was something different,” Lee said. “That’s why I liked it.”


On committing to UK, Cal’s pitch, and the BBN:


Lee was sold on UK after his visit to Big Blue Madness, and he committed to play for John Calipari and the Wildcats shortly thereafter. He always wanted to play for a passionate fan base, and to him, there was no better collection of fans than the Big Blue Nation.

Even so, what ultimately grabbed Lee’s attention was what appealed to so many other players in this 2013 recruiting class: the prospect that working hard was the only promise they would get by coming to Kentucky.

“Most coaches were like, ‘We’ll give you all this, we’ll start you, you’ll be our star player,’ but when Cal came in (to recruit me), he was like, ‘I’ll make you great, you might play and we’ll push you.’ No one’s ever told me that, so it kind of caught me off guard,” Lee said. “It was unique to every other coach that came into my house.”


On his defensive game:


Like Davis, Noel and even Willie Cauley-Stein — who, from a personality and style standpoint, he draws an eerie comparison to — he’s long, he’s fast and he possesses uncanny athleticism for a big man. The UK coaching staff calls him a gazelle for his ability to run, and Jon Hood, one of Lee’s best friends and mentors, calls him a pogo stick for his knack to get off the ground in a hurry.

“My game is total defense,” Lee said. “I’m the defensive guy. That’s just what I do, and just running, sprinting the court and getting easy buckets. … I love those comparisons because that’s what I do: I block shots. That’s probably my goal is to get to being one of the top blockers, which is where they are. Being compared is an honor.”


You can read the article (with video!) in it’s entirety right HERE.



Article written by Andrew McCarthy

8 Comments for Marcus Lee gets the treatment

  1. Mr. Glad
    2:17 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    I really liked what I saw from Lee in some of the Nike Game and McD’s game. We have some nice depth down low this year and we’ll probably need it. I see WCS being able to go hard for maybe 25-30 minutes max and then Lee and Dakari helping fill the gaps. I don’t look for our back court to be strong defensively, so having a rim protector this year will be a must.

  2. Just do it
    2:28 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    1.) Don’t worry two 6’5″ killers at the one and two will be not only good defensively, but lockdown. The size alone gives them a huge advantage.

  3. Mc
    2:59 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    I also think James Young has the potential to be a great defender from what I saw from him.

  4. Jeff S
    3:05 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Seems like a great guy. He talked alot about momentum. I tell you what kills momentum. When players don’t stay four years. Then you don’t get to know them. Course I would have gone for the money if I’d have had the chance. Don’t get me wrong, I love Cal and every single thing he’s done since he’s been here. But, he is the enemy. Just like Al Queda or the taliban or something like that. Maybe enemy was too strong a word. I guess “enemy combatant” or something like “Damien: the antichrist” would have been better to say. But I love the guy.

  5. Maylee
    3:07 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Really excited about Lee. Very talented but raw on offense means he might stay another year. Exactly the type of character player we need to keep the system rolling. Excited to see yet another block party this year

  6. Musehobo
    3:09 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    Looks a little like Mos Def in that picture.

  7. Bobbum man
    4:23 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    4- what in the hell are u talking about? Did you just compare Cal to the Taliban?

  8. struggler
    5:03 pm August 6, 2013 Permalink

    I have been excited about Marcus Lee from the start! Super hops and energy! Briefly met him when my daughter did a volleyball camp at UK this Summer. Most of the girls did not fully recognize him – but he walked in quietly at the end of the camp – very cool and unassuming. We asked for a pic and he was very kind to us… and the line that formed behind us once they realized… Seems like a great kid! Choke’em out this fall Marcus!