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.