Marcus Lee to announce his decision Wednesday

 Posted by at 6:38 PM on October 16, 2012
Oct 162012
 

2013 forward Marcus Lee has cut his list to UK and California.

UK’s epic recruiting class of 2013 could grow by one more Wednesday, when Marcus Lee announces his college decision at his high school in Antioch, Calif.

Lee, a 6-foot-9 forward ranked by one website as the No. 9 senior in the country, will choose either Kentucky or California. He’s expected to make his decision between 2 and 3 p.m. ET. There is no confirmed TV information as of yet.

Lee was the only uncommitted senior to visit for last weekend’s Big Blue Madness. After the trip, he tweeted a photo of himself with UK commitments Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young and Derek Willis. Along with the photo, Lee wrote, “That’s just scary.”

He was scheduled to make one more visit to California before making a decision, but that trip has now been cancelled. It was rumored that the Bears coaching staff traveled to Lee’s home Monday night to make one last pitch, but Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader that visit never happened.

“They had two assistants at his workout but they did not have an in-home visit,” Daniels said.

24/7 Sports analyst Jerry Meyer tweeted Tuesday night that it would be “beyond shocking” if Lee does not pick Kentucky.

The Cats would be adding another star player to what is already the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. The Harrisons and Lee are all accomplished perimeter players ranked in the top 10 nationally. Lee is more of a defensive-minded post player, who doesn’t need to score to make an impact.

“I think he’s a guy that can really help them by way of contesting shots and by way of rebounding,” Daniels said. “He’ll get some easy baskets just from running the floor. I think that’s going to be more his role.”

Scout.com ranks Lee as the No. 38 player in the class. 24/7 Sports (9th) Rivals.com (15th) and ESPN (28th) all have him in the top 30.

The highest-rated frontcourt player remaining on UK’s recruiting board is Julius Randle, who is not expected to make a decision until the spring.

Daniels said Lee’s announcement probably wouldn’t sway Randle one way or the other.

“I think those two guys can play together because they play so differently,” he said. “I’m not sure that another post player is really going to scare Julius Randle off. If you look at some of the other schools recruiting him … Florida has Chris Walker. I don’t see that affecting Julius’ recruitment.”

Aaron Harrison Sr. told the Herald-Leader on Monday that Lee has known his sons since they were 8 or 9 years old, and added that the California big man had worked out with the twins several times over the past few summers.

“He feels comfortable with him,” Harrison Sr. said. “He sees what they have done and he feels like he can fit in very well with that.”

Lee averaged 13.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and an astounding 9. 1 blocks per game for Deer Valley High School last season.

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  8 Responses to “Marcus Lee to announce his decision Wednesday”

  1. I truly believe that Lee would have commited on his recent official visit to UK but his brother convinced him not to make a decision while he was so emotionally high during his visit which included BBM. His brother thought it would be best to go back home and discuss it as a family before commiting but with his decision coming so close to to that visit to UK it can only support my guess that he will be a Cat tommorow afternoon.

  2. I have to agree with uksincebirth, tomorrow he will commit to Kentucky. Lee looks to be someone that will help a ton on the boards and on defense. If we land Julius it will be hard for Cal to top that class in the future. Go Big Blue

  3. Expect a commitment by Lee on Wed. and a future addition of Randle. Don’t forget they’ll also find room for a reclass to 2013 and commitment by Wiggins. Unbelievable team!

  4. I really don’t think Wiggins will reclassify. From what I’ve seen and read he has made no attempt to go forward and do so.

  5. this is scary indeed but will it effect randle’s descion

  6. In my opinion Walker is a bigger threat at playing time at Florida than Lee is at Kentucky. They already have bigs at that position and I’ve read that Florida is the team to beat for Randle. Experts have been picking Florida lately for Randle. Randle is more the four/five guy and can play closer to the rim than Lee. It would not effect him at all at Kentucky, but would at Florida.

  7. Hard to say what Wiggins will do, but the addition of Lee will help with Randle if anything. Randle doesn’t wanna play in the post and Lee(and possibly WCS) will be manning the post spot.

  8. I have to agree with most of you… This kid will commit to Kentucky! I’m a UK graduate and is now living in California. There is no comparison between the two. UK: basketball fanatics who live and breath basketball and the BB players can do no wrong, they are worshipped. CAL: mostly a professional team sports area with pro football and baseball as king sports. So, college basketball is basically a hobby in most fans eyes in this area. Kentucky wins this recruit hands down. High School Star players love attention. Go Big Blue!

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