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Marcus Lee is the Key to This Team

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I’ll be the first to admit I never thought I’d be writing this. However, Marcus Lee is the key to the 2015-16 Kentucky Wildcats. With all due respect to Tyler Ulis, Lee is making this team go right now.

This is especially true due to the, let’s call it lack of showing up, by Skal. Lee has taken the place of what I expected Skal to do – crash the boards, block shots and grab offensive rebounds. He showed his value the last couple of games, even by missing the UCLA game.

When he went out with a concussion in that UCLA game, Kentucky never looked the same. What happens with Lee is when teams force Kentucky to shoot from the outside, Lee is there to collect offensive rebounds. That was obviously missing in the UCLA loss. Against Arizona State, he sparked the Wildcats, leading the team in scoring at half and then came out in the second half blocking shots.

There’s also a ton of chemistry between Poythress and Marcus, which is evident when they are on the floor together instead of Skal. Lee is a great story and another great recruiting tool for Calipari. He can walk in and say look what I did with Marcus, he waited his turn and will be a NBA Draft pick.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

14 Comments for Marcus Lee is the Key to This Team



  1. 2thepoint
    10:37 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

    I always thought Marcus would become a good player. He may decide to give the NBA a try in the next draft, but under Cal Marcus is blossoming. His offensive game is coming around nicely along with his defense. I really like Marcus and always have because of one thing, his attitude.



  2. Long Dong Silver
    10:42 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Lee is really evolving into a reliable player. And he’s a great kid. Skal is more of a project than most thought. Myself included.



  3. smahurin
    10:48 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Cal has really pushed marcus the past two years to be an energy guy. He’s very athletic, but not overly skilled. Cal has made it clear, play with energy and you’ll play, don’t bring energy and you’ll sit. Marcus has heard and learned and he’s really been active. This is not to pile on Skal, but he needs only look at Marcus to see that a long but lean athlete can impact the game by being active and tough in spite of a lack of girth. And once Skal gets it, with his offensive skill set, UK will have a nice 3 man front court rotation.



  4. cats42301
    10:54 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

    http://mweb.cbssports.com/ncaab/eye-on-college-basketball/24772263/the-strange-high-school-setup-for-five-star-prospect-skal-labissiere
    A link from a year ago about Skal’s weird HS senior year and his guardian. Just an fyi for people like me who forgot a lot of his story



    • david8577
      11:26 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

      What’s your agenda?



  5. The Rest of the story
    11:25 am December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Again I say bench Skal and play Marcus and Poythress/Willis up front the team is much better at both ends and seems quicker. Skall is a project for sure and he likely won’t start next year.



    • EdC
      1:33 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

      Agreed, and if Cal goes go by production on the court, Willis beats Skal in almost every category. Not as many blocks but if you move your feet and play good defense you don’t typically NEED as many blocks. Right now Skal isn’t even close enough to Lee to discuss.



  6. UKBoo
    12:12 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Lack of showing up? The contributors on this site need to get a grip. YOU are the ones that make these players into saviors before they ever step foot on campus. Then you blame them when they aren’t ready to live up to YOUR expectations. Tyler is already putting thoughts out there that Wynyard might just be the answer and Cal hasn’t even seen him play yet. I have an idea! Why don’t you let these kids determine how good they are after they arrive and develop through the season(s). Skal is having a hard enough time without the fans piling on. Skal isn’t ready for college basketball right now. There is nothing wrong with that. He needs strength and he needs to learn how to rebound and play defense because he just doesn’t have those things instinctively. That does not mean he isn’t “showing up” or that he isn’t trying.



    • BTownUKFan
      12:30 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

      I agree. KSR writers are very quick to jump on and off the wagon with these players. I think the players were better off before they were being scrutinized 24-7 from the time they are freshman in high school. Very few come in ready to play college basketball, much less flawless college basketball as the expectations from some of the experts expect. This team will be very good by February but it is more about developing a consistent offensive attack from the outside than whether Skal becomes a double-double guy.



  7. The Rest of the story
    12:22 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    I gotta wonder what Cal really saw in this kid to recruit him. He didn’t even play HS BB so what was this based on?



    • Leuther
      2:17 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

      Potential! Skal’s is unlimited…



  8. roundball fool
    1:05 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    If Marcus and Alex can keep bringing the experienced presence and hustle, they can take some pressure off of Skal. Skal will be fine. Please be patient folks.



  9. Rick_S
    1:33 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Poythress is the main key….then we have to have Skal give something..Ulis and Murray need to be 40% 3 pt shooter that they are then we start to look like title contenders



  10. Leuther
    2:18 pm December 13, 2015 Permalink

    Ulis is the key to this team. Period…