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Marcus Lee on UK: “It’s just perfect.”

Judging by his Instagram and Twitter updates late Sunday night, it’s safe to say Marcus Lee enjoyed his visit over the weekend and is a heavy UK lean. Lee is wearing a Kentucky shirt in his new Twitter avatar and he uploaded two photos from the visit with captions that suggest he is close to committing to the Cats.


“It’s just perfect,” he said of this photo of a UK practice in the Joe Craft Center:


And there is this “scary” photo of him posing with UK’s 2013 recruiting class:


Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward from California, is the 28th-ranked player in the ESPN Top 100. He’s down to California and Kentucky — or just Kentucky, according to last night’s tweets.

Come on down?

Article written by Drew Franklin

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40 Comments for Marcus Lee on UK: “It’s just perfect.”

  1. reedwizard
    10:34 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Randle or Gordon needed to complete the best recruiting class in history and the first all-freshman team to win the national title!

  2. Musehobo
    10:37 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    This class is shaping up a lot quicker than I thought it would. Cal is a beast.

  3. SexnNursinHomes
    10:41 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Thought Lee was going to be a center. and also thought he was 6’11. Willis looks a solid 6’10.

  4. NCAA
    10:42 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Putting double quates at the end is obvious violation of NCAA rules. UK will have to forfet it’s 1951 National Championship due to this Grave violation.
    Any more punction mistakes by possible recruits looking at UK will force our hand to make UK forfet all NCAA wins.

    _M.E – President.

  5. BleedRed
    10:44 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    UL better win this year because next is looking scary for us and the rest of the ncaa.

  6. FakeThamel
    10:44 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    “Sorry sir I can’t come to the meeting. Well because i’m in Marcus’s trash can looking for information against UK.
    No I don’t have a life.

    Yes sir I know this is against the law but it’s for the greater good of our Country.

  7. Lane
    10:57 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Is it just me, or does Willis look much thicker? And when will we hear about Wiggins reclassifying?

  8. John W
    10:58 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Harrison Twins at 1 and 2, Young and potentially Wiggins at 3, Randle, Willis and maybe Witljer at 4, and Lee/maybe WCS at 5. Damn.

  9. Bobbum man
    11:01 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with 3 thought he was supposed to be 6’11 or so doesn’t look a whole heck of a lot taller than the twins and Willis is noticeably taller…. But either way come on down!

  10. bluesman
    11:04 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    wheres the excitement? Lee looks the same heighth as the Harrisons and Young need some bigs dont ya think

  11. Han
    11:07 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Mr. Lee, Thursday would be an excellent day to announce. Say, around 5/5:30?

    7) Allegedly Wiggins was going home this weekend to be with family and either now or last week was discussing reclassifying with them.

  12. HillbillyInBC
    11:07 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Does this mean he actually _likes_ running suicides?

  13. Perception
    11:11 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    He’s standing further back which makes quite a bit of difference. He’s basically on eye level with Willis and is standing a couple feet back.

  14. Davetv
    11:12 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    You guys do understand that Lee is standing in the background, right?

  15. Jack Nicklaus
    11:15 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    hell yeah!!! Spike Dykes!!! (nephew of Sonny Dykes). Yes, he has a little attitude and slicks his hair back, but is really cool.

  16. cracka
    11:16 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    scout has lee and willis both at 6’9″ … i wouldn’t put a lot of thought into a pic where they’re all different depths and not standing straight up … 3 pf in the top 7 considering uk … randle, gordon or vonleh, any one of those guys would be incredible to add to this class

  17. tom
    11:35 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Is this heaven? No it’s the Craft Center and UK basketball! C’mon Mr. Lee. We’ve been waiting for you!

  18. Jus Sayin
    11:39 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Um no… We already have one project post player in that class in Willis. Plus thats a position that we already lots of depth with Cauley and Wiltjer. Plus him and Randle play the same position.

    And what about Wiggins? Would we have enough scholies for all of them?

  19. UKBlue1!
    11:40 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    #9 is close, very close. Go Cats!

  20. James K
    11:55 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Reminds me a lot of Brandan Wright. Not much evidence of any polish in his touch, but he is obviously a very explosive athlete, with pretty solid ball skills. In other words, I think he seems like a basketball player. A lot of times these guys are long and athletic, so someone coerces them into playing basketball, and they never quite have the ‘it’ factor. My guess is that he would be a two year guy at UK.

  21. Walter Sobchak
    11:56 am October 15, 2012 Permalink

    18) Really? The 28th ranked player is a “project”? You’re an idiot.

  22. barn
    12:15 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    18–i wouldn’t call stein, the 9th rated center in the country, a project. if cal tries to convert him to point guard then he may become a project.

  23. pioneer
    12:16 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I am with #21, a project player is not ranked in the top 30…jus sayin. I am not really sure Cal has had a project player yet? I mean this is Calipari we are talking about not Tubby. Coach O, KP, and Strick can evaluate talent. Reggie Hanson, Dave Hobbs….never mind we all know they couldn’t evaluate a video game player. Trust in Cal, and as many have said before, Cal recruits kids that play the same position and makes it work. Its called competition and there is nothing that will make a player elevate his game more than a little friendly competition.

  24. ccat
    12:17 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    What about jrandle

  25. Bleed Blue
    12:23 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    @18 you are stupid. Lee plays the 5 spot not the 4. Plus even if Lee and Randle played the same position I’m pretty sure Randle wouldn’t worry about minutes being taking away from him for Lee. In the next week to week and half news about Wiggins reclassifying or staying will come out. He has to do it before the end of the month in order to be eligible for the Jordan Brand and McDonald’s All-American game. If Wiggins doesn’t reclassify we will most likely get Randle, but if he does we won’t get Randle, we will just go after Gordon.

  26. Urincatland
    12:29 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I was standing right beside the Harrison twins, James Young and Marcus Lee at BBM and he’s quite a bit taller than all 3.

  27. lt
    12:34 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    lee is listed as a six foot nine inch power forward on ESPN, not a six eleven center

  28. Marcus L. Owens
    12:38 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Cal’s system doesnt have positions its more about your role according to your skill. Randle may be listed as the same position as Lee but their skills are TOTALLY different; Randle is a low block scorer with the unique ability to beat defenders of the bounce while Lee’s greatest skill at this point is his shot blocking, rebounding, running the floor and finishing in transition. Both have elite athleticism and length, two things this coaching staff values very much.

  29. Zeke69
    12:40 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Hopefully he commits before carrying thru with his visit to Cal this weekend. He is a legit 6-9 and would fit nicely into the rotation next year. Some of you have forgotten the Tubby and BCG days where a # 28 ranked recruit was the highest ranked dude in the class. I will take him right now if we wants to commit.

  30. Marcus L. Owens
    12:41 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Dont sleep on Marcus Lee:

  31. More info
    12:44 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Rivals has him listed as a five star and has him ranked at #15 overall. Just watched a video of him and kid looks like he can play. Long and athletic. Definitely looks every bit of 6-9.

  32. Jus Sayin
    12:45 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink


    Post players take the longest to develop. Everyone knows that.

    It’s no knock against Lee but typially 4 star centers do not come in ready to contibute their freshmen year.

    Ask Tubby Smith if you dont believe me.

    Hell sometimes even 5 star centers dont… Daniel Orton, Fab Melo,Samardo Samuels, Eloy Vargas and more.

    With that being said we already have 4 post players for that year not including Randle.

    Plus since when is top 40 the cut off for being instant impact…

    Jon Hood
    Stacey Poole
    Alex Legion
    AJ Stewart

    Do some research before posting.

  33. Shiver me Timber
    1:20 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink has him as a 5 star and number 15 overall. ESPN has him 28th overall and four stars. Which is the best site to get the most reliable recruiting information?

  34. CATS
    1:21 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    It lists him as a PF, but didn’t people also list Davis as a PF and he played center for us. Lee is about an inch short to be a prefered center at the college level, but I still think Cal would play him at C because of his shot blocking abilities. That also depends on if we get Randle or Gordon.

  35. I Say
    1:26 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    #33 rivals for sure. I hate espn’s rankings. They had John wall as the fifth best player in the 2009 class.

  36. kyboy415
    1:48 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lets think about this lineup Harrisons at the 1 and 2 wiggins possibly at the 3 lets just imagine poythress coming back at the 4 and julius randle at the 5.. then coming off the bench you have wiltjer, lee and james young.. you can go ahead and start sewing that banner!!!

  37. Hang Ten!!!!!!!
    2:39 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Hope Wiggins and Gordon are next…And Gordon brings the “nasty nate” to UK….

  38. HeyMatt
    6:11 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    Lee has already committed to UK. Like most kids would, he is taking his visits…why not, paid trip to Cal etc. Will probably wait til at least after that visit, can’t say he committed to UK and then go take that official visit.

  39. Bulldawg
    6:13 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    All of you all saying that Wiltjer will still be at UK when the twins come in 2013 may be counting chickens before they hatch. If Wiltjer leads UK in scoring this year, or starts for UK, he won’t get drafted? I’d say after this year Wiltjer is gone. Just because he is white doesn’t mean he can’t play pro ball.

  40. Chris H
    7:19 pm October 15, 2012 Permalink

    I think that Lee is definitely a big catch for uk. He has flown under the media radar for the most part, so if he lands at Kentucky he is going to be a pleasant surprise. Take WCS for example. He was not a top 5-star prospect when he committed to uk, but he is going to be a vital part of this years team. Ultimately, I think us making a deep run in march and picking up #9 depends on how solid he becomes. Cal has proved what he can do for players at the 5 spot. He took harrelson and built him into an NBA caliber player in one year. If Lee comes in with an open mind and a good attitude, Cal will work his magic and make a beast out of him. As far as Wiltjer coming back as a junior, I really hope not. If he has the season I think he is going to have then he will be taking the next step in his career. I definitely look for Randle to be a wildcat, but I do feel like he may be waiting to see what happens with wiggins. Even though they play different positions, they are both very high caliber players that we see maybe once every 5 years. I think that they would have the hardest time meshing and coexisting out of anyone in the class. That being said, I’d like to see it play out where we get lee and randle leaving wiggins to lead the 2014 class and let Lexington experience a 3-peat!