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October 17, 2012
Lee becomes the fifth verbal commit for UK in 2013
The Kentucky Wildcats picked up their fifth commitment for the 2013 class on Wednesday afternoon, as Marcus Lee made the announcement that he will be headed to Lexington in a press conference at his Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley High School.
The 6-foot-9 power forward is the fourth five-star prospect to commit to coach John Calipari in the last two weeks, as the Wildcats' recruiting class has risen from unranked to the No. 1 overall class in Rivals' 2013 rankings.
With four of the top 15 prospects in the country committed, and a ranked three-star prospect to boot, Calipari looks like a lock to secure his fifth straight top-ranked recruiting class. He's had the top crop every year that he has been at Kentucky.
After going back and forth between his two finalists for the last few weeks, Lee chose Kentucky over his hometown team California.
Playing on the Nike AAU circuit with California Supreme, Lee made a name for himself as one of the most promising interior prospects in the class, and saw his name skyrocket up the rankings of most publications.
Currently ranked as the No. 15 player in the class of 2013, Lee looks like a forward who will get better with time.
With good size at 6-foot-9, Lee also has excellent athleticism both as a leaper and as a big man who can run up and down the floor with good energy.
Lee is very good shot-blocker, will rebound and is generally considered to be one of the truly elite defensive prospects in the 2013 class.
Offensively Lee is still developing his game, but he shows nice touch on his jumper out to 15 feet, finishes athletically inside and is a very good passer out of the high or low post.
The best way for Lee to get points right now is through hustle plays like out-running his opponent or getting put-backs, or in the pick-and-roll where his athleticism takes over, and his shooting touch allows him the opportunity to pop for a short jumper.
The main area that Lee will have to improve on is his low-post game offensively, where he has yet to develop a true go-to scoring move on the block.