Interview & Article by: Adam Weaver
“I just want my name to stay in the record books forever”
Marcus Lee out of Antioch, California is as most of you know committed to the Kentucky Wildcats. Ky Cat Stats was able to recently catch up with him, getting his thoughts on Kentucky as a school, as a program, some of the other recruits, and even a little jab at Louisville. Check out the Q&A below.
Adam Weaver (Writer for Ky Cat Stats): We all know it’s a great school and powerhouse basketball program. But why is Kentucky the school for you?
Marcus Lee: Kentucky basketball (isn’t) just a team. Their a family. They are with each other 80% of the time.
Coach Cal and his staff took all their players and treated them like it was their own children.
It’s not like the players are just another name on the roster. They take the time to learn about them and you can see that on the court.
And the fans are insane! I’ve always wanted a school full of spirit. And that’s what I got!
Weaver: What are you looking forward to the most once you get on campus?
Lee: I’m just like every other kid going to college. I’m most excited to decorate my room, my room is going to be UK’d out.
Weaver: Aaron Gordon is a West Coast kid like yourself. Have you tried recruiting him to Lexington with you? And of the remaining players left in the 2013 class who do you think comes to UK if anyone?
Lee: I haven’t tried to push them to go to UK because I know how hard it is to make a decision with everyone asking about it and all the pressure.
And they’re higher ranked then I am so I have no idea what their dealing with! So I just let them do it themselves.
Weaver: How would you describe your game? And who’s game would you say most resembles yours in the NBA or College?
Lee: I see my game as the last line of defense. When all else fails I won’t. I don’t know who my game is like.
Weaver: In the history of UK basketball there has only been one triple double and it was by Chris Mills back in 1988.And you’ve already had a few in your senior season. Is that something you think you might be able to accomplish during your time at UK?
Lee: There is a few things I plan on breaking when I’m at UK. And yeah that will be one of them. I just want my name to stay in the record books forever.
Weaver: Anthony Davis holds UK’s single season block record with 186. And also the rebounding record with 415. Are either of those records that you have your eye on trying to break?
Lee: I’m going after that block record!! I have about 200 blocks already. I plan on killing that record.
And rebounding is not a goal. It’s just something I have to do to get my team to win.
Weaver: A lot of people are saying UK’s 2013 recruiting class is the best recruiting class ever. What does that mean to you and do you agree with them?
Lee: It means nothing to me until we get there and do something. But I do think we have a great chance to be the best class ever..
We just have to play our game and play together as one.
Weaver: Some people are also saying Kentucky might go 40-0 next season. What are your thoughts on that?
Lee: I agree with them. We are competitors. We don’t like losing. I don’t think we will allow ourselves to do anything less then greatness. We’re shooting for the stars!
Weaver: What will your emotions be like the first time you put on that Kentucky jersey with your name stitched on the back?
Lee: I’m going to be extremely emotional. Once I see it I’m going to be jumping up and down, going crazy!!
I can’t wait to make the name on the front proud.
Weaver: What college school are you looking forward to playing the most and why?
Lee: I wanna play Louisville!! Because I wanna get back that win they took from us this year.
Extras: UK’s lone triple-double. Chris Mills, scored 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and got credit for 10 assists against Austin Peay in Freedom Hall on Dec. 27, 1988.
Player Profile: Marcus Lee
Category: Kentucky Recruits