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California the early front-runner for Lee


California is the early front-runner to land Marcus Lee, according to Jeff Goodman, who is obviously in contact with the Lee family. Goodman has been all over the Lee beat since before the combine, and now he is reporting that Cal is the likely destination for Lee’s final season of college basketball in 2017-18.

Cal was one of Lee’s final three schools when he committed to Kentucky back in October of 2012. He came very close to committing to the Bears due to its proximity to home, which Lee says will be a major factor in his upcoming decision.

If Lee does end up in Berkeley, that’s a move we can support. It puts him out west and away from any rivalries with Kentucky, although he will have to play for Cuonzo Martin.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

15 Comments for California the early front-runner for Lee

  1. nybrasky
    10:38 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

    Makes sense. It’ll also be good for him to practice against Ivan Rabb while he sits out.

  2. deltasig41
    10:40 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

    I called it. Just saying.

    • deltasig41
      11:27 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

      blitzedanddazed May 25, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Let me be the first to break the news that Lee will be transferring to Gonzaga.

      deltasig41 May 25, 2016 at 12:56 pm | Permalink
      I think he ends up with Cuonzo at Cal. His game doesn’t really fit Gonzaga’s style…At all.

    • Luether
      12:55 pm May 27, 2016 Permalink

      Don’t hurt your arm patting yourself on the back…

    • theWilkman
      2:49 pm May 27, 2016 Permalink

      Wow, that’s impressive. It’s almost like he didn’t have Cal in his final 3 before choosing UK, or that his home town is less than 50 miles away from there. Maybe there’s room for you on the KSR staff?

  3. Mathlete
    11:15 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

    Cal feels like a good choice for him, and they’ve been getting some really good players lately so he’ll have good competition in practice. Not UK good, but solid.

    Best of luck Marcus, hopefully you find what you’re looking for!

    • leon singleton
      11:21 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

      At Kentucky you mostly practice against walk ons

    • Booby Petrino
      11:44 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

      if leon singleton said it, you can believe it. I’m sure he’s sat in on the practices. He’s the biggest Cats fan I know that is actually a Louisville fan.

    • Mathlete
      1:21 pm May 27, 2016 Permalink

      @BP – please don’t feed the trolls

  4. nmichave
    11:20 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

    From Cal to Cal. Coach Cal to Cal Berkley. Nice move. Good luck! (if it happens)

  5. Wildfelinebeeline
    11:21 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

    I’ve always liked Lee and hope he gets to make it in the NBA one day.

    That said, Smudge (Goodman) must think he’s onto something juicy with Lee to stay sitting on him. Smudge is a total Indiana-loving tool and is constantly looking to find dirt on Coach Cal and UK. I hope he gets caught trying to fix something one of these days.

  6. DelrayCat
    11:31 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

    Smart smart move Marcus. A couple of degrees from Cal can take you very far (especially with a master’s). Focus on school and get stronger. If basketball doesn’t pan out, Cal is one of the top 5 public schools in the country and a degree from there is FAR more prestigious than UK. Win-win.

  7. Sentient Third Eye
    11:49 am May 27, 2016 Permalink

    Martin is a good coach, and one that would still be at Tennessee if they had any brains down there. He seems like a fit for Lee because he’s fairly intense, and perhaps he can help him work on his inconsistency. I think it’s a good fit.

  8. louisvillelaw22
    12:36 pm May 27, 2016 Permalink

    If he goes there I hope it works out for him athletically, but I don’t think it will. He needs to be somewhere that he can be a focal point of the offense and stretch his game out. That’s the only way he is going to crack an NBA roster. I’d be pretty surprised if he gets that opportunity at Cal.

    On the other hand, academically, he can’t do much better. If he’s thinking along the lines of “get a high value degree, make a lot of Euro money, come back to the states” would probably be perfect.

  9. wildcat corgi
    3:21 pm May 27, 2016 Permalink

    From Cal to Cal! Seems about right!