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Marcus Lee left out of ESPN’s Top 100


Marcus Lee’s attempt to become an NBA player has gotten off to a rocky start. He was named the worst of the combine performers in Chicago last week, and today he failed to earn a mention in Chad Ford’s Top 100 NBA draft prospects. That’s not a good sign for Lee’s immediate future in the draft.

Alex Poythress and Isaiah Briscoe did crack the Top 100, although they probably don’t love their position on the list. Poythress came in at No. 81, while Briscoe is likely very disappointed by his No. 74  ranking.

And in Ford’s new Top 30, Jamal Murray earned the third overall spot:

3. Jamal Murray

Previous rank: No. 3

Murray’s participation at the combine was limited to interviews. Team officials raved about him in that setting, using words like “mature,” “focused,” “confident” and “knowledgeable” to describe him.

Most teams seem to be convinced he can make the transition to point guard in the NBA but feel confident he would excel as a 2-guard as well.

“I think he can play both positions, and I think that helps him,” one scout said. “He gives teams and coaches some real versatility.”

Skal Labissiere ranked No. 11 and Tyler Ulis ranked No. 17.

“Some teams were adamant that they would not draft a guard his size,” Ford wrote about Ulis. “Others seemed very interested in him as backup point guard. No. 14-25 looks like the range right now.”

[ESPN’s Chad Ford: Top 30 | Top 100]

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

6 Comments for Marcus Lee left out of ESPN’s Top 100

  1. Luether
    7:08 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    Isaiah and Marcus, be smart and stay in school…

  2. 54Meeks
    7:38 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    As much as I hate to say this because Marcus is a really great person and contributor in our community, he needs to leave UK. It is in his best interest to either transfer/go to the D league. Outside of last years team (Calipari’s worst frontcourt at UK), he has yet to show he merits considerable minutes at this program. Next years team will be no exception. With or without Bolden our incoming front court players show much more potential and possess much more talent than Lee. If it was between Lee and Bolden I would choose Bolden. Bolden’s best skill is his ability to consistently score in the low block, a skill no one on next years team will possess including Lee and an asset last years team did not have. If Marcus Lee wants to continue to play basketball competitively i would suggest D League/Overseas or transfer to a less competitive program where he can receive more minutes.

  3. jonthes
    9:34 pm May 16, 2016 Permalink

    Tyler is the best player in the draft. He will be great box office. Some NBA should snatch him early.

  4. StuckinLville
    4:04 am May 17, 2016 Permalink

    I think if he’s kind of screwed either way. He stays in the draft, he will not be drafted. He stays at UK, he will play scrub minutes. I think if he can make money in the NBDL, that’s his best option. Best of luck to him!

  5. Jiminy Crickets
    8:01 am May 17, 2016 Permalink

    Not trying to be mean, but is Lee good enough for the D-League? He has great hops, and great energy, but he can NOT score unless its an alley-oop, and he fouls his guy every time he’s in isolation. I hope the best for him, but he’s better off getting a degree and going into coaching at a small college. His NBA career ended before it began. My honest opinion is he should transfer, use the year to build strength (something most around the program will tell you he’s not been interested in) and develop any kind of scoring. Then maybe he’ll have a snow-balls chance.

    • Larry Pratt
      8:20 am May 17, 2016 Permalink

      I hate to agree, but I do. Lee has not progressed one bit in his time here. Size is his only asset. And that’s sad, because he’s a great kid.