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.