Eric Lindsey has a detailed report of what he saw at UK’s practice Monday at http://www.coachcal.com/23727/2013/09/practice-report-lee-shows-athletic-ability/.
But check out what he had to say about freshman Marcus Lee, perhaps the most underrated player on UK’s roster:
“I know Marcus Lee was a McDonald’s All-American. I know he was one of the best players in high school last season. But wow, he is an athletic freak. He does some things that make you shake your head in disbelief. I know Anthony Davis was here two years ago and made some plays that were hard to believe, and I’m not necessarily comparing Lee to Davis, but the kid possesses some athletic traits that very few people have. He jumps like a pogo stick, runs like a deer, and, despite how thin he is at this moment, throws down dunks with authority
“Among Lee’s many jaw-dropping highlights: He took off from the beyond the free-throw line, took two giant steps (it would have taken me two leaps to make his one step) and tomahawked a dunk so hard that his lower body essentially buckled when he landed. Later, he caught the ball above the square – not just the rim – with one hand and slammed it home effortlessly.
“On the very next possession, he blocked a shot from Derek Willis, who stands at 6-foot-9, as if he was sitting on a ladder near the rim, caught the ball and threw it straight down. And finally, my favorite, late in practice he caught a lob pass so high and so off target that I was certain it was going to hit the side of the backboard. Wrong. Lee not only caught it, he somehow cocked it back and threw it in the basket without even touching the rim. In other words, he was so high up and has such a ridiculous reach that he was able to throw it in downward and into the basket.”