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Guest post: Fan wishes Lee good luck, but believes he is making mistake with transfer

Marcus Lee  (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note: Jessica Jones is a die-hard Kentucky fan now living in Iowa. She contributed two blog posts when Kentucky played in the NCAA Tournament in March and today I asked her to share her feelings on Marcus Lee’s decision to transfer from UK to another school. Enjoy her perspective that is a bit different from most UK fans but certainly is backed up with logic and facts.

By JESSICA JONES

Lee doing what is best for him, but UK fans know they will miss him

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky fans got a little excited when Marcus Lee declared last week that if he returned to Kentucky for his senior season, then the Wildcats would go undefeated.

Most wanted to believe him. Even more wanted to believe that was a sign Lee would take his name out of the NBA draft and return to UK.

Well, he did withdraw his name from the draft but he won’t help UK go undefeated — or even have a chance to try. Instead, Lee has decided to transfer for his senior year.

Marcus Lee says his return would lead to unbeaten UK season

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)
Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

Marcus Lee (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Maybe Marcus Lee is just trying to establish his value to NBA teams. Maybe he’s just trying to build confidence in himself.

Whatever it is, Lee was having a John Calipari-like moment at swag at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago Thursday.

“I don’t think we’d lose at all next season if I come back,” Lee told media members at the draft combine.

Say what? Have I missed something here?

Four Cats set for Draft Combine

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)
Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

Jamal Murray (Vicky Graff Photo)

CHICAGO – Leading up to what looks to be another Wildcat-heavy NBA Draft, four Kentucky men’s basketball players – Skal Labissiere, Marcus Lee, Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis – are set to participate in the annual NBA Draft Combine in Chicago next week. All four players were on the official 63-man attendee list that the NBA released Thursday.

Poythress, Lee, Briscoe all NBA combine alternates

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)
Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Really it should be no surprise that Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe are alternates for the NBA combine.

That doesn’t mean they could not be draft choices, but it makes it a lot more unlikely if they were not one of the players invited to the combine.

Poythress can still work out for teams and take his chances as a free agent — which might be better because then he can pick his team.

Calipari: Briscoe, Lee both likely to go to NBA Draft Combine

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)
Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Kentucky coach John Calipari made a rare in-state radio show appearance Friday on the Bob Valvano Show in Louisville. Kentucky Radio Network basketball analyst Mike Pratt was also on the show.

Calipari indicated that both Marcus Lee and Isaiah Briscoe would likely go to the NBA Draft Combine. Of course, both still have to be invited.

“Isaiah Briscoe and Marcus Lee are going to explore their options and probably go to the combine without an agent, finish academically,” Calipari said.

Marcus Lee representing UK at NCAA Leadership Forum

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

PHOENIX – Kentucky men’s basketball junior forward Marcus Lee is representing the Southeastern Conference this weekend at the NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Phoenix. Lee is one of two student-athlete representatives representing the league.

Lee was chosen as the SEC’s male representative. Only two student-athletes from one of the 14 schools comprising the league were selected. Lee is joined by Tennessee women’s soccer player Michel Christy. They were chosen as exceptional student-athletes who have shown outstanding leadership among their peers, institutions and communities.

This year’s forum started Thursday and will run through Sunday.

Tyler Ulis: “It was a great year for us”

Q. Tyler, did you feel like you could pretty much get to the basket anytime you wanted, and was there just not enough support from the supporting cast today?
TYLER ULIS: Yeah, you know, I felt like the way they were playing ball screens I could get around them and try to force my way in there. I got to the basket a lot and I feel like all my teammates played hard.

What is it like to play for Kentucky?

Vicky Graff Photo
Vicky Graff Photo

Vicky Graff Photo

Q. If you guys could describe a little bit what it is like to play for Kentucky. From what I understand, it’s probably every other team’s biggest game. How has that prepared you for a huge game such as this even though it’s just the second round of the tournament?
DEREK WILLIS: I mean, I feel like for our college basketball program we put up with a lot day-to-day, we deal with fans, signing autographs, taking pictures and I don’t feel like other college programs do. Also when we go to away games, it’s a Super Bowl game for them, free T-shirt day, everything. So I don’t know, I feel like we’re accustomed to it now and it’s expected when you come here.

Lee on playing Indiana will “be history”

By LARRY VAUGHT

What does Marcus Lee think about playing Indiana Saturday?

“It’s always going to be history. I guess you could say all of us adjust to it because we’re in the NCAA Tournament,” Lee said Thursday night. “But I think it’s just a point where we have to get ready for it and we’ll be happy to be there.”

Since Kentucky and Indiana have not played since 2012, has Lee ever seen a Kentucky-Indiana game?

“Growing up, that’s kind of the best part of basketball, in college basketball, is rivalry week and those rivals of the hyped up teams. So it’s really cool to finally be a part of it,” Lee said.

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