Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Marcus Lee Officially Introduced by California

California and head coach Cuonzo Martin have officially introduced Kentucky transfer Marcus Lee.

Lee will sit out one season and have year of eligibility left for the Golden Bears.

Here's a release from Cal:

BERKELEY – Marcus Lee, a 6-9, 224-pound forward from nearby Antioch, has signed a financial aid agreement to join the Golden Bear men’s basketball team, Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin announced Monday. Lee, who spent his first three seasons at Kentucky, will sit out the 2016-17 season under NCAA transfer guidelines and will have one season of eligibility for the Bears in 2017-18.

“We're very excited to have Marcus Lee be a part of our basketball family,” Martin said. “Marcus brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He's contributed and won at a high level in high school as well as in college.”

Lee started 20 of 36 games for the Wildcats last season, averaging 6.4 points per game and tying for the team lead with 6.0 rebounds per game and 59 blocked shots. He helped Kentucky finish 27-9 overall and 13-5 in the SEC. The Wildcats won the SEC Tournament title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Lee earned a place on the SEC Community Service team for the second straight year in 2015-16 and was the SEC’s male representative at the 2016 NCAA Leadership Forum. He shot a school-record 68.0 percent from the floor (minimum 150 shot attempts, 102-of-150) and paced Kentucky in rebounding a team-high 13 times. In addition, he collected a team-best 87 offensive rebounds and led the squad with 51 dunks.

“He's a high-motor guy with tremendous attributes on both ends of the floor,” Martin added. “He's one of the best athletes in all of college basketball and he's committed to being successful on and off the court.”

Lee recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a victory over No. 5 Duke and went on to add double-doubles vs. Illinois State (13-12), at South Carolina (11-13) and vs. LSU (12-10). He scored a season-high 14 points vs. Arizona State.

During his sophomore season, Lee was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time in his career. He saw action in all 39 games and contributed 2.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg along with 27 blocks while shooting 64.4 percent from the field. Kentucky finished 38-1 and reached the NCAA Final Four.

Lee earned a spot on the Midwest Region NCAA All-Tournament team his freshman year after scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds in a Sweet 16 victory over Michigan. He played in 25 games with four starts and averaged 2.4 ppg and 1.4 rpg with Kentucky going 27-11 and advancing to the NCAA championship game before falling to Connecticut.

Lee averaged 17.7 ppg, 19.5 rpg and 6.7 bpg as a senior at Deer Valley High School in Antioch. He was ranked as the No. 17 recruit in the country by Rivals.com, while ESPU rated him the No. 30 high school prospect and Scout.com put him at No. 40. Lee played in both the Jordan Brand and McDonald’s High School All-America games. In addition to basketball, Lee was an exceptional volleyball player and helped his team to the sectional title as a senior.

Lee becomes the fourth addition to Cal’s roster for the 2016-17 season, joining guards Charlie Moore, Don Coleman and Grant Mullins. Moore is a 5-11 guard out of Chicago who is rated as high as No. 55 in the country by Rivals.com. The Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year as a senior, he averaged 28 points, 7 assists and 5 steals per game this past season for Morgan Park High School. Coleman, a 6-4 guard, will be a sophomore for the Bears for the upcoming campaign after averaging 19.9 ppg this past year at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama, while Mullins, a 6-3 guard, comes to the Bears as a graduate transfer from Columbia after contributing 13.3 ppg and earning second-team All-Ivy League honors for the Lions in 2015-16.

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