Despite their superb talent level, Marcus Lee and James Young both surrendered some of the headlines for the top recruiting class in the nation to the likes of Julius Randle, the Harrison twins and Dakari Johnson. At another school, or in another year at Kentucky, Lee and Young would have been THE guys coming into the season. Marcus Lee has been in Lexington for only a few weeks now and the buzz around his play on the court and elite athleticism has picked up tremendously. Lee has become the pick-up game legend of this year’s class and has already been labeled as a guy people might be pleasantly surprised by when the lights come on for all to see in late October.
Lee picked up another honor recently from his hometown area when he was named the East Bay Male Athlete of the Year. Lee not only won the honor for leading his basketball team to its first North Coast Section championship, but he was also the driving force on the men’s volleyball team who reached the same milestone.
Both of Lee’s coaches, basketball and volleyball, spoke glowingly about the kind of kid Marcus Lee truly is on and off the court.
“He’s the kind of kid you love to be successful because he worked really hard to get it and handles it with grace and humility,” said Lou Panzella, the Wolverines’ volleyball coach.
“You will not find a kid that didn’t like playing with Marcus in any sport,” Deer Valley basketball coach LeChet Phillips said. “He was a great teammate and the greatest kid in the world to coach. If I made a mistake, he’d go out there and make it look good.”
Panzella added even more to his original statement, echoing the sentiments about the good teammate Lee has been. “He’s very caring and that’s what makes him a great teammate. Marcus is an outstanding basketball player and an outstanding volleyball player, but an even better person and that will carry him a long way.”
Sounds like we are getting a really, really good one, Big Blue Nation.