Marcus Lee to Kentucky: Wildcats Land Coveted 5-Star Recruit

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2012

Marcus Lee announced on Wednesday that he will be taking his extraordinary talents to Kentucky for the 2013-14 college basketball season, according to a tweet from Fox Sports' Evan Daniels.

Marcus Lee just announced his commitment to Kentucky.

— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) October 17, 2012


Getting a commitment from Lee is a major recruiting win for John Calipari, who has already landed 5-star recruits Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and James Young for his 2013 class.

According to ESPN, Lee also received offers from Louisville and California. He is also 28th on the 2013 ESPN 100 rankings and is the 17th player in the top 30 of those rankings to commit.

Let's look at how the power forward from Deer Valley High School (CA) will strengthen the Wildcats squad when he arrives on campus.


What Does Lee Bring to the Team?

Lee already has a high basketball IQ at the defensive end of the floor and will give Kentucky another fantastic low-post defender. He's fundamentally strong in this area of the game, which is rare with young players.

While his offensive game needs a good amount of improvement, there's no question that Lee will make an immediate impact by instantly becoming one of the best rebounders on the Wildcats.

At 6'9" and about 200 pounds, Lee has decent size and will likely play power forward in college, even though he could see some time at small forward since he runs the floor so well.

His playing style is similar to former Arizona Wildcats star Derrick Williams, who was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NBA draft.


Freshman Impact

As a player who can excel at both ends of the floor, expect Lee to receive quite a bit of playing time as a freshman.

He may not start, but he would be an excellent sixth man because of the defensive ability and energy he can bring off the bench.

However, if Lee improves his low-post offensive game as a senior in high school, he could certainly start for Calipari.

Either way, expect Lee to play an important role on the Wildcats' 2013-14 squad.