The Bluegrass Boys didn’t make it out of the Lexington Regional at The Basketball Tournament, but that doesn’t mean the players aren’t already thinking about their next move.
In a postgame interview with the media following the first-round loss to Team D2, Dominique Hawkins and Marcus Lee discussed where they see themselves playing in the future. Our own Jack Pilgrim posed the questions to the former Kentucky players.
“Right now I got a few overseas options,” Hawkins said. “I got a team looking at me from Greece, Australia, Finland, and obviously the team that I just got done playing with [Estonia].”
Hawkins has spent the two years playing in Estonia and said he will wait until August to make his decision. The former Kentucky guard finished with seven points and two rebounds against KCB.
As for Lee, he has his sights set on the NBA. He played in 19 games for the Miami Heat G League affiliate last season, averaging 8.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in nearly 21 minutes per game. Against KCB, he posted 15 points and eight rebounds on 7-10 shooting, including some fancy spin moves out of face-up dribbles.
“It’s up in the air,” Lee said about his future. “I have a couple more weeks until I figure out what’s next. Looking at a lot more NBA things. First thing I had to do this summer was get this knee right. I had knee surgery in October, so I think its just showing people that the knee is fine and I’m confident with it and this [The Basketball Tournament] definitely helped because teams are now going to be more comfortable, like ‘Okay, yeah, we see that you’re fine’ and they’ll take that guess.”
Lee’s knee looked fine throughout the night. Let’s hope some NBA teams come calling.