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By LARRY VAUGHT
Marcus Lee is a dynamic basketball player — that’s why he played in the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic along with five other future Wildcats. However, he’s an interesting personality away from basketball, too.
First, he has an interest in graphic art.
“I have always loved kind of messing around with technology and drawing art. I like to look on the computer and create the interior of a house. When I am on my phone, I am thinking they should have done this better and I will write little notes about how they could do it better,” said Lee. “If I had time, I would probably go to my brother’s work — he works at Apple — and see if I could sit down and talk to them about their Apple products.”
He plans to major in business and then wants to “come back and get my Masters in technology” for future business ventures.
“My first thought is to get my education. That is always my first goal and has been drilled into my head since I was probably one. I think when I was born it was like, ‘You need to get your education.’ That’s my first goal. If the opportunity is given to me (to play in the NBA), I will speak to my family and we would come to a quick decision,” Lee said.
“But my mom, my dad, my brothers, everybody drilled education into my head. They all were just like you didn’t have a choice and it was great that I didn’t have a choice but to be great in education.”
Second, that emphasis on education comes despite being placed in special education in second grade because he had dyslexia and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that can be characterized by either significant difficulties of inattention or hyperactivity and impulsiveness or a combination of the two. Symptoms normally emerge before seven years of age and led to Lee being placed in a special education class.
“School is extremely hard, especially with dyslexia and ADHD. I started off in special ed. Being in a regular class and going into special ed in second grade was really hard for me, especially when other kids saw me going into the class. I would wait and go in last so no one would see me,” Lee said. “Knowing that I had to work 20 times harder just to be even with everybody else showed me that I had to work 1,000 times harder to be at level with or above everybody else, so that has always helped me with my drive to be the best in basketball. I learned early to take on challenges.”
He said the most frustrating/painful part of being in special education was not knowing why he couldn’t learn.
“It was extremely hard. Some days I would go home and was like, ‘Why can’t I figure this out?’ Or you are in class and don’t understand what is happening, so you just go into shutdown mode and you are like, ‘I don’t understand why everybody else understands but I don’t.’ It kind of taught me how to not shut down as much and just keep working hard and keep trying to figure it out,” Lee said. “Then I got help (from teachers) and they taught me tricks and ways to get over my problem. I love them for helping me like that. It changed my life dramatically.”
Next: Lee’s other sport and personality made for UK.