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Marcus Lee: Winning the National Championship is “all we plan on doing”


The venerable Larry Vaught recently caught up with Marcus Lee, one of Kentucky’s six incoming McDonald’s All-Americans. We’ve heard the incoming freshmen talk about how excited they are for the upcoming season and their shared goal of winning a National Championship, something Lee says is “stuck” in their minds:

“Winning the national championship has gone through our minds. Now it’s stuck in our minds. That is all we plan on doing, especially since we are all big competitors. We will refuse to lose next year.

(Nice use of one of Cal’s slogans, Lee. You’re a natural already)

If their talent wasn’t mind-boggling enough, the freshmen have also been fortunate enough to play together and form chemistry during the numerous All-American games over the past few months. Lee says that experience has been invaluable, and helped the six bond:

“I think it is great to be together like that. It helps us mesh quicker and gives us more time to be together. We all get to be around each other, laugh and joke around together. That has to help for next year. …We are similar but we are still different. We get along real well. We are joking around probably 90 percent of the time. The other players are probably tired of us always talking about Kentucky, but we are loving it. There are six of us. If five of us are not talking about Kentucky, the sixth one will be. We are really excited to get there and do greatness.

We’re excited too, Marcus.

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26 Comments for Marcus Lee: Winning the National Championship is “all we plan on doing”

  1. MadTex
    3:03 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink


    We’re looking forward to seeing this new kind of attitude for next year ourselves. Football has got it and basketball too. Let the good times roll!!!

  2. portlandky
    3:05 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    I truly hope this guy stays more than 1 year. He is my favorite of them all in this class.

  3. tyrus
    3:09 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    It’s nice to have high expectations and be confident of your ability but none of these kids have faced the competition they will see each week. I for one wish all this talk would stop. Just prove your point on the court by winning games. Nuff said.

  4. David Elswick
    3:17 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    They haven’t faced the competition they’ll see? Really? They haven’t played against other great players for years in AAU? There will be adjustments, but these guys are more than equipped to make them.

  5. 2012 Team
    3:23 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Wasnt that all Nerlens and the rest of your freshmen saying last summer? “gotta get 9” blah blah blah.
    Sweet NIT appearance, bros.
    You don’t have Anthony Davis or MKG this year. This team is going to be a 9 seed.

  6. SW52
    3:31 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Apples and Oranges #5.

  7. Jpo
    3:32 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    5. Yeah last year is definitely the rule, and the first 3 years are the exception… I see you trollin

  8. BPsycho
    3:33 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    That, and **** *******.

  9. Jeffrey
    3:33 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    @ 5: This team of incoming freshmen has way more talent than the AD class, yes we do not have MKG and AD this coming year, but what we have are the twins, Young, Lee, Randle, Dakari, Hawkins, and Willis.

  10. BRO
    3:40 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    #5…you’re ignorant, a 2 seed is the lowest seed this team will receive. No one will be able to run an entire game against this squad…press, press, and more press…

  11. Fivestarcat
    3:49 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    #5… the 2010-11 team didn’t have MKG or Anthony Davis and they did pretty well. Same with the 2009-10 team. It’s hilarious that after three years of very impressive results with mostly freshman led teams, all of the haters point to the one down year (where zero starters returned and the potential #1 NBA draft pick went down with an injury) as the norm. Cool story, bro. It’s going to be fun watching the haters disappear again next season.

  12. Stop
    4:07 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    3 Shut up

  13. Big Blue B-Rad
    4:11 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    11) with all due respect, a great year won’t make the haters disappear lol. We’ll just have to put up with the same “Calipari cheats” drivel.

  14. Real Class
    4:15 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    #5-Has anyone ever remarked on your classiness? I thought not.

  15. Sito
    4:16 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Have to think like kings and not like NIT clowns

  16. Fivestarcat
    4:21 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    #13 – Good point. I am speaking to the haters that we thought we squashed after the 2011-12 team won the title. The ones that said you couldn’t win a title with a team full of freshmen. Now they are coming back with “you can’t win with a team full of freshmen… unless you have two guys like Anthony Davis and MKG on the team!”

  17. haha
    4:43 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    #8 does your censored text rhyme with Duck Stitches?

  18. Kevin C.
    4:51 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    This team is coming in focused, just like the 2011 team. Can’t wait to see them all together…on the floor, and off.

  19. Chengus22
    4:56 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    People are underestimating how good this kid is gonna be. Exceptional talent

  20. fireants25
    5:34 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    love it!

  21. mudcreekmark
    5:46 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Why did Cal not recruit more players last year? Because he knew how weak that class was and how loaded this class is. I guarantee that was his plan. Think about it, if he added two more recruits to last years class who would they be? You they be better than any two extras from this year? When Cal started talking about going 40-0 after the 2012 championship game, he had the class of 2013 in mind not the class of 2012. That was his sales pitch to Wiggins, Randal, the twins and everyone else he tried to get to come here. Come on and see if we can go 40-0.

  22. tyrus
    6:17 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Great players in AAU but not great teams. Agree adjustments will be made. Just don’t like the self-imposed pressure players are putting on themselves and teammates. #12 Nope

  23. Chaz
    6:21 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    @21-you may be right. I thought early on we didn’t have the bench we needed and I wondered why. We had scholarship offers on the table but didn’t extend them. It’s a brutal thought, but “you can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs”.

  24. Cain N. Abel
    6:41 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    115%….150% …got to love that mindset.

  25. bigbluebulldog
    9:16 pm May 24, 2013 Permalink

    Good to see they have a similar relationship early on as the Champs did. And anyone that uses last year as an example to this classes potential/future either knows nothing about players/the game or is a trolling tard. Basically one and the same. These guys will make us all forget last year and remind us of the year before! GBB!!!

  26. Fancy feast
    9:02 am May 26, 2013 Permalink

    Does Marcus lee know that Willis and Hawkins are also signed on? There are 8 incoming freshman. How do you think the other two feel when he says there are 6 of us?