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What the national media is saying about Lee and Briscoe’s decisions


Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee’s decisions have made for quite a busy day in the UK sports world. Briscoe’s announcement that he is returning to school and Lee’s that he will transfer have the national media talking. Here’s a roundup of their comments, starting with Jeff Goodman, who was as close to Lee as any media member during this process:

CBS Sports’ Sam Vecenie on Lee:

And Briscoe:

“If Briscoe can take this summer to develop a credible jump shot and become a positive off-ball player, it would really help him moving forward and Kentucky in 2016-17. Sure, he’s not going to be playing his best position in college regularly next season, meaning NBA teams will always have questions. But if he can develop his jumper, that would open up the rest of his game and really make him a valuable two-way player.”

[Isaiah Briscoe withdrawing from NBA Draft benefits himself and Kentucky]

The Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy:

Lee is not extraordinarily skilled. He made only 40 percent of his free throw attempts as a junior. But he fashions himself as more of an offenisve player than his talent indicated was likely at Kentucky. Perhaps he can find another college that will allow him to explore that side of his game. At least he will have a year to see if he can make himself better and warrant more opportunities to score.

[Marcus Lee’s decision to flee Kentucky will impact Cats, but he needs fresh start]

Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg:

Dick “Hoops” Weiss:

Hoops Weiss may always be a little late to the party, but he’s always got HOT TAKES!

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17 Comments for What the national media is saying about Lee and Briscoe’s decisions

  1. donjohnson
    3:38 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    How come redshirting and playing again at uk is never an option. Going somewhere bad and being a little better will not help his draft stock

    • Jiminy Crickets
      3:41 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      You beat me to it, obviously I agree.

    • jahanc2uky
      4:07 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      I agree, but not in the case of Lee. Who would be away from home for another 2 years. He is going home to enjoy family before possibly being away again for another 3-4 years of trying to play in the NBA or over-seas pro ball.

    • Luether
      5:26 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Cal is the primary reason players don’t red-shirt…

  2. Jiminy Crickets
    3:40 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Color me stupid. If Lee is one semester from graduating, and he wants to sit out a year to develop his body and his game, why couldn’t he simply red shirt at UK and do all of it here? To repeatedly denounce a transfer option, only to announce a transfer option obviously makes it look like he was encouraged to find other places. Maybe he wants to be near his family, or maybe a red shirt was not an option offered to him. Either way it doesn’t make sense to me.

    • secrick
      4:47 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Because he will never get enough playing time in at Ky because of the players that keep coming in. Man it’s so simple, he wants more playing time.

    • Luether
      5:27 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Color you stupid…

  3. SoCalCat
    3:48 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe he felt the coaching staff had helped him as much as it could. I don’t get the impression there is a lot of coddling done at UK and maybe Marcus will get that at a less glamorous school. He and/or his brother’s ego has had a lot of bruising the past few weeks and maybe the healing time in another venue is what is best.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      4:08 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Or maybe he got tired of being a “energy guy”, and wanted somebody to actually teach him a baseline move. Marcus Lee coming out of high school average double digit rebounds a game, And was a proficient shot blocker. He came to a team that was loaded on the interior, and the next years team had even more talent on the interior. He has never been asked to be an inside scoring guy, and this year proved more than anything. If Marcus Lee ever caught the ball on the block, he literally showed no indication that he even knew how to get position, or form a shot. Calipari has proven over and over again that he can take Uber talent and get them to reach a higher level. But he’s also taken just as many of lesser Talented players and done very little and developing their game. If you are an elite player, Calipari can get the best out of you. But if you’re an average to good player, your development at Kentucky will be hindered because you will be asked to play roles you are not suited to in order to benefit the elite players on the team he has recruited over you

    • J-Dub421
      4:21 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Kenny Payne has proved repeatedly that he can develop bigs. Towns had no inside game at all prior to coming to UK, but he sure as heck left with one. As for your argument that Cal only develops super talented guys, then explain Josh Harrellson and Willie Cauley Stein. Both developed a lot under Cal and Payne, and neither was that highly ranked coming out of high school. Not only that but I have seen video of Lee working on various post moves with Payne. Lee needs to add weight and no one else can do that for him. Coaches coach, but players have to put in the work to improve, and that part of it is on them.

  4. Booby Petrino
    4:01 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    He said he wanted to be closer to his family in California, why is that so hard to believe. Everything I’ve read indicates that he’s very family oriented, so maybe he just felt like the could improve more with his family closer to support him.

    • Booby Petrino
      4:03 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

      Marcus Lee informed us today that he is pulling his name out of the draft but has decided he is going to transfer to a school out west to be closer to his family,” head coach John Calipari said.

  5. Bluebloodtoo
    4:38 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    The comments made to the media are planned for public consumption. No athlete, coach, politician or Exec with half a brain stands in front a mic and says exactly what they are thinking or the whole honest truth. We are talking about what they want us to believe, not what is actually happening, in most cases. I’m not saying they are outright lies, but they are certainly framed to give the perception that they want to sell.

  6. secrick
    4:48 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    He wants more playing time and will not get it at Ky no matter how much he red shirts because of the talent that keeps coming in. He wants more playing time it’s not hard to understand.

  7. Luether
    5:37 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    Think Marcus should strongly consider Steve Fisher and San Diego State…

  8. WillB
    10:12 pm May 25, 2016 Permalink

    This does make me sad but I understand, too many guys in the front court this year. And for some of you saying or thinking “if he cant make on the court at UK, then he cant make it to the NBA anyway…”, some times opportunity matters. How much better was Kyle Wiltjer from a statistical production standpoint once he went to Gonzaga? Much. But he was also able to be one of the focal points of the team there and probably would have been drafted had he left last year, not sure about now. Lee has been the guy I rooted for most since he set foot on campus, I remember Cal talking about how Lee would text him how excited he was to practice. Not to mention how decent a guy and great ambassador he was for UK off the floor. Wish him nothing but the best. I suggest everyone Youtube “Marcus Lee Breaks Out: Michigan and Wisconsin highlights”.