For a while, there was some real intrigue with the recruitment of Marcus Lee.
Would the 6-foot-9 power forward from Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley choose to pass on college hoops blue blood programs and stay close to home?
By the time the five-star big man, who ranks No. 15 in the class of 2013, announced his decision on Wednesday, there was no doubt that he was going to Kentucky.
Just a few days after his official visit to Lexington, Lee decided that there was no point in waiting any longer. After hearing his older brother, Bryan, gush about the visit and Lee's relationship with John Calipari it wasn't a surprise.
"Marcus has grown really close with Coach Calipari this fall with all of the time he's spent with him," Bryan Lee told Cats Illustrated earlier this week. "What Marcus likes about Coach Calipari is that he speaks to the guys in a simple way of putting things with the recruitment."
On the floor, Lee has experienced one of the most meteoric rises of any player in the class of 2013. Unranked this time last year, Lee exploded all the way to the top 15.
Lee is no finished product. He needs to get stronger. He needs to be more consistent. But his upside and current ability are already impressive. Lee is among the nation's top shot-blockers. He runs the floor like a gazelle, rebounds and is one of the best passing big men around.
Kentucky already had the No. 1 recruiting class in 2013 to this point and adding Lee just reinforces that.
He joins No. 3 Aaron Harrison, No. 4 Andrew Harrison, No. 8 James Young and No. 126 Derek Willis in what is shaping up to be yet another dominant recruiting class full of potential NBA first-rounders.
Lee is the 19th five-star prospect to choose Kentucky since Calipari arrived there in the spring of 2009.
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