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Chad Ford thinks Marcus Lee should Return to UK

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ESPN’s resident draft guru, Chad Ford, has spent the week watching prospects in Chicago.  As the combine comes to a close this weekend, Ford’s having a little fun.  Today he released his, “All-Go-Back-To-School Team.”  A familiar face made the list.

  • Melo Trimble, Maryland point guard
  • Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin forward
  • Caleb Swanigan, Purdue forward
  • Marcus Lee, Kentucky forward
  • Dedric Lawson, Memphis forward
  • Troy Williams, Indiana forward
  • Justin Jackson, North Carolina forward

That may be the case, but Lee seems pretty convinced that he’s done with school.  Even if he’s D-League bound, it’s fine by him. “I see it as just another step and it’s totally fine and normal.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

10 Comments for Chad Ford thinks Marcus Lee should Return to UK



  1. chadwikk
    2:39 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

    I’m just curious, is this a surprise to anyone? Except maybe Lee?

    Cal said this was a great idea so the kids could get real feedback and now he has so who thinks he’ll heed the advice?

    Marcus best part of his game was above the rim, the problem is 98% of the NBA can play there too. The other part of his game was mediocre at best and terrible at worst.

    Go back to school Marcus, it’s your best and only chance at making the league.



  2. Luether
    3:28 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

    It’s a no-brainer that neither Lee nor Briscoe are ready for the next level and both should return to school…



  3. WildcatSteeler
    4:16 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

    He isn’t gonna get any better with another season at UK than he’d get in the D League. And he’ll actually get paid in the D League. He really doesn’t have an NBA future. He can play in the D League or overseas and make a 6 figure salary for probably the next 10 years. And somebody as quirky as him would enjoy playing overseas and seeing different cultures. He’s making the right choice by leaving.



    • 25OR624
      4:34 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

      WildcatSteeler: You are correct, sir! The entire recent CAL spiel, wherein Duke fans soiled themselves, was really about Marcus Lee. Encouraging Marcus Lee to move on now. Reason one: As you stated. Another year at KENTUCKY will cost him cash he can make in the D League or Overseas (where he’d be after next year anyway). Second: Make room for Marques Bolden. It is a win win for all. Given how CAL is players first, I am certain he has convinced Lee of this as it is reasonable and logical.



    • Bobbum Man
      4:47 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

      How much do you think they make in the D league? He’d be much better off going overseas and actually making some money then the 25-30k or so he might make in the D league



    • 25OR624
      7:00 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

      Is this call yours? Or his?



    • Bobbum Man
      7:07 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

      I’m sorry to have offended you 25or624… Obviously I never said I was making the decision for him and was replying to the original poster not urself who had said he could either play in the Dleague or go overseas. U do know u can play overseas and still come play in the NBA right? Was just my opinion, feel free to not read or reply to them anymore. K thanks



    • 25OR624
      8:01 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

      No worries B-Man. Thank you for your reply. My apologies. Pax Vobiscum.



  4. tjk
    4:37 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

    feels like Marcus is very aware of everyone’s opinion but wants to go anyways. Best of luck to him he’s a great kid



    • 25OR624
      7:08 pm May 14, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed. Smart kid; skilled, gifted athlete. Just never really belonged – or could put it together. I hate it for him. It is what it is. He recognizes that. There have been many contributors who came through the program. Not everybody is NBA. At this point, he has to realize: I did what I could to contribute and now it is time to move on. Godspeed!