UK signee Marcus Lee has been selected to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game, his high school coach told the Herald-Leader on Thursday.
Lee, a 6-foot-9 senior from California, is averaging about 18 points, 20 rebounds and seven blocks per game this season.
Deer Valley Coach LeChet Phillips shared the news with Lee’s family Thursday morning.
“They’re excited — extremely excited,” Phillips said. “It’s been a heck of a journey for him and this was one of his goals. And to achieve it, that says a lot.”
Lee moved up 18 spots in the updated Scout.com player rankings earlier this week and is now rated as the No. 21 overall prospect in the class of 2013. He was billed as more of a project when he first committed to Kentucky, but Lee has shown considerable improvement over the past few months.
“We want to make sure that every time he steps on the court he improves,” Phillips said. “He’s doing a heck of a job this year. He’s going to be more than what Kentucky bargained for. They were expecting one thing and they’re going to get something totally different.”
The final rosters for the McDonald’s All-American Game will be announced Feb. 14 on ESPN. The game itself will be played April 3 in Chicago.
Other UK commitments with a good chance to be selected include Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young and Dakari Johnson. All four of those players are rated among the top 20 players in the class by Scout.com.
UK recruiting targets Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle (if he’s healthy) are also likely selections.