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With three days to decide, Marcus Lee “could go either way”


Before the NBA Draft Combine, Marcus Lee was dead set on staying in the draft; however, Lee was one of — if not the — worst performers at the Combine, throwing his decision back into flux. The rising senior canceled his remaining team workouts and, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, his decision to stay in school or stay in the draft “could go either way.”

Over the weekend, 247 Sports’ Kevin Flaherty broke down the pros and cons of Lee’s decision, which he says is definitely not an easy one to make.

“Lee is listed as extra here because I’m just not sure he has a great choice no matter which way he goes. Lee was statistically the worst performer at the NBA Scouting Combine, yet if he returns to Kentucky, he runs the risk of getting buried under a highly touted crop of incoming big men, particularly Bam Adebayo. Still, there’s no doubt that Lee, who measured over 6-foot-10 with a 7-3 wingspan, but weighed only 211 pounds, needs to work on both his body and his game. He shot an amazing 82.5 percent at the rim, per Hoop-Math, but struggled everywhere else, making 22 percent of his two-point jumpers, 40.3 percent of his free throws and not attempting a three. If nothing else, returning to Kentucky allows him to compete against some high-quality bigs while continuing to develop.”

Lee has until Wednesday at midnight to decide. What do you think he should do?

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21 Comments for With three days to decide, Marcus Lee “could go either way”

  1. david8577
    10:14 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I just want Lee to do what he wants. He needs to want to be wherever he goes. As for Goodman, why is this UK and Cal hater, general dbag, and mediocre at best sports analyst, still involved in this?

    • Mc12
      10:22 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

      Or why would Lee agree to interview with this clown? I bet Cal was pissed.

  2. Mc12
    10:24 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    22% from non-dunks, and 40% from the line while getting to practice against the likes of KAT, WCS, Dakari, Lyles, Randle….that’s not easy to do.

  3. Actionhero
    10:26 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Its super obvious what he should do, but not so obvious what he will. Seemed determined to go.

  4. CreepyFootGuy
    10:31 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I like Lee, but I don’t think returning will do much for his stock. He’ll struggle to find minutes against arguably more talented Freshmen and may find himself behind Humphries who at least has touch beyond 2 feet. He’s not good enough to be drafted but maybe a year or to in the D-League will toughen him up and prepare him for an NBA career. Either way, I wish him the best of luck.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:48 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

      If he can just learn to shoot free throws and midrange jumpers this year, that alone will help his stock enough to get him into the first round. That and consistency game in and game out.

    • inside info2
      11:35 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

      Sentient, he’s had 3 years to do that, so why would he start now? It’s not like he shot lights out up until the draft combine and this came out of nowhere. He hasn’t developed his game at all since he has been at UK. Not sure if Cal should take some of the blame for that, but most of it is on Lee.

      He’s a good kid, but he did not take advantage of his time here.

    • theWilkman
      12:34 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

      He can’t do anything to work himself into the first round, especially not next year. The reasons for coming back are to improve his skills for overseas (the only place I see him getting any significant playing time – and there’s nothing wrong with that!) and to win a title. The only reason to stay in the draft is if some team guaranteed they’d take him in the 2nd or undrafted, and even then he isn’t guaranteed a spot on the final roster. Hard to expect a kid that wouldn’t start on UK next year to get much PT in the NBA

  5. dgtuk
    10:33 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Feel like it is in his best long term interest long to return. Having said that wish him the best regardless!

  6. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    10:33 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I think Marcus Lee is a great kid, but his abilities just aren’t that good. He has been a bit delusional about it from day one in my opinion. I would love for him to come back and prove me wrong. But I think that Briscoe is a much more important decision to the team and to his individual future. In other words, I don’t think there is much Marcus Lee is going to do that is going to make him an NBA player whether he returns or goes. I do think that Briscoe could make a huge improvement if he returns.

  7. rickwhitetx
    10:38 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I would like him to return and finish his degree just in case the pro basketball thing doesn’t work out for him.

  8. GroundControlToNumber9
    10:51 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Way too many repeat stories on this. Lee’s gotta go…

    He knows he will get less minutes this year… because he isn’t capable of beating out elite talent (HELLO).

    Sound similar to the way the NBA Combine went?

    At least if he goes he will no longer have people telling him, “you should go (to the NBA), you’re ready, big money…”. Instead he will have people telling him, “What the hell was that (missed wide open layup)?” and “Marcus, don’t roll your eyes at your point guard who’s just trying to tell you to stay focused.”

    Could Marcus help UK this year? Sure he could… but as long as he’s lost in space and thinking he’s the same as Willie Cauley Stein he won’t help and will be the same unfocused guy.

  9. DelrayCat
    11:00 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Honestly, the guy should finish his degree first and foremost. If he can do that online or transfer to an online program to finish. Then, he should take a year off to get stronger and shoot 5,000 shots a day, especially free throws, just to develop an actual stroke. Get some professional teaching. Get some professional weight training and nutrition counseling. Because for whatever reason, he doesn’t appear to have done this at UK. Then, go overseas and have a nice career playing in Europe. Enjoy that life. Or give up basketball altogether.

  10. Booby Petrino
    11:15 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I like how everyone is convinced he can’t compete with college kids next year so they say he should go pro and compete with older, more experienced players. Makes sense!

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      11:34 am May 23, 2016 Permalink

      I think it is more of a matter of not being convinced he will improve any with another year of college and thus should try to make some money while he can.

  11. blueboots
    12:28 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I think he needs to redye his hair.

  12. @GoCayts
    1:53 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    as a HS recruit, Lee was listed at 205 (rivals), 220 (scout), 200 (espn) and 215 (247 sports)

    from 12/21/13 – – At 215 pounds, he needs to get his weight to a well-muscled 235 or 240. “We understand that,” Bryan Lee said.”

    from 3/17/15 – – “He came in at 6’9″, 180 pounds … He’s gained 40 pounds since he’s been there and he’s getting better,” Bryan said.

    and now he weighs 211

  13. Angelo
    2:15 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    i agree with blueboots and @GoCayts. Lee should get fat and try another hair color. Worked for my wife.

    • UK Big Board Update
      2:50 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

      LOL. Your wife – whats his name?

  14. SoCalCat
    4:12 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    I concur with most of what has been posted. I like that Marcus has been good in the community. He has a lot of work to do if he wants to be an NBA professional. He hasn’t shown in his 3 years he has the physical and mental attributes to merit consideration by an NBA team for long-term employment in that league. If he wants to dedicate himself and pull a Josh Harrelson, who had an offensive game but not the physical attributes Marcus has, and work to improve his offensive game, then staying another year might be worth it. As a fan, I think he offers very little positive to the team other than the occasional dunk. As a person, I think he will not make the NBA and he should consider going to the D-League or Europe in hopes of establishing himself as a pay-for-play player.

  15. Jay-cool
    7:28 pm May 23, 2016 Permalink

    Come on back Marcus work your tail off. Rebound, block, catch lobs, and be a leader. Nothing wrong with being a 6 or 7th man on a National Championship team. I love Marcus Lee even though he is no Towns or Davis.