Lee’s H.S. coach: “He’s still growing”


LeChet Phillips isn’t about to try to guess where Marcus Lee belongs at the next level or to project what kind of player he can be, because the voice of genetics isn’t finished in the discussion.

As it stands, Lee, who just finished his junior season on Phillips’ squad at Deer Valley High School in Antioch, Calif., is listed at 6-foot-8, 200-pounds. But Phillips knows Lee can and will get bigger and that could make him even more valuable of a recruiting commodity than he already is. After a strong showing at a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League tournament this weekend in Minneapolis, Lee reportedly collected scholarship offers from Indiana and Duke among others. Lee is the No. 54 rated player in the nation according to Rivals.com and already had an offer from Kansas as well as just about every school in the Pac-12, Boston College, Kansas State, Northwestern, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech and a host of mid-major programs from all over the country.

“What’s drawing everybody right now is that his ceiling is unlimited,” Phillips said. “He has a lot of potential, and he’s still growing.”

Phillips believes there’s a lot more growing for him to do. Lee’s parents are tall, his brother Bryan Lee grew to be 6-foot-9 and was a Division II All-American at Grand Canyon University. Phillips thinks Lee’s frame suggest he could grow to at least 6-10, possibly 7-feet.

“Honestly, I can’t even imagine what he’s going to be,” Phillips said. “He is going to grow. Knowing his family, his older brother and mother and father, he will fill out eventually, and when he’s stopped growing he will probably be 230, 235 pounds as well. He’s solid, works out hard. He’s really off the charts, I can’t even speculate on where his ceiling is at this point.”
That’s even more true, Phillips said, because no matter how much Lee grows and what position he fits into, he won’t have a problem playing it.

Phillips said Lee averaged about 14 points, 14 rebounds, and nine blocks per game as a junior, helping Deer Valley to the round of 16 in the state playoffs. He was mostly used at center, considering that Deer Valley didn’t have anyone else on the roster that tall, but Phillips also made a point to use Lee wherever he could to make sure he was experienced at all facets of the game.

“We played him on the wing, we played him at point guard, we played him at shooting guard, every position,” Phillips said. “For his size he has very good perimeter skills. We’re till working on his shot, but he has a solid enough shot out to 15 feet. He can slash and get from the perimeter to the lane real well. His main attribute is he facilitates and gets all of his teammates involved.”

That’s true, Phillips said, whether Lee is working on the perimeter or in the post. Deer Valley played through him in both the high post and the low post because his vision was so good out of both.

“We’ll post him on the block, he can facilitate from there,” Phillips said. “He’ll find our shooters on the opposite side. We’ll put him on the high post and he’ll find the cutters or find the shooters on the wings. He can facilitate a lot from any position. He sees over the top. If a player’s moving around, he’ll find him and get him the ball.”

He’s just as versatile on defense, Phillips said. In high school, he’s used to protect the rim, but he has the footwork to get out on the perimeter and defend wings if need be.
That’s important, Phillips said, because if Lee’s wrong and he stops growing, he will be a small forward, but he’s fairly certain that’s not going to happen.

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15 comments:

  • Evansville Hoosier #1


    Monday, April 23, 2012 - 10:53 PM EDT

    Lee should be one of our main priorities in 2013. Seems well rounded and has a lot of potential.

  • Raphael #2


    Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:13 PM EDT

    Thanks for the article Dustin. Hopefully we can get him to join the fold for 2013!

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #3


    Monday, April 23, 2012 - 11:19 PM EDT

    You changed the ‘Scoop Poll’ question!!!!!

  • Geoff #4


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 9:15 AM EDT

    I played a few times against Maceo Baston in high school, and this kid totally reminds me of him – his build, athleticism, length, passing ability, awkward jumper, and just the way he moves. Baston continued to grow into his soph year at UM and ended up 6’11″…

    This kid looks pretty legit with further potential.

    David, why do you say he seems interested in IU? what does he say in the Peegs article?

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #5


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:15 AM EDT

    If any of these lanky stringbeans could shoot the ball beyond 4ft. from the hoop, I imagine we would get more than clips consisting of a 6-month compilation of rather unspectacular dunks.

    Just a brief editorial here…Is anyone else getting bored with the YouTube clips set to rap/mix tapes? I’m ready for something different..If you’re a true hot prospect, then I think you need something with a bit of a harder edge.

    I would have preferred this tune set to Marcus Lee’s dunk fest.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #6


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:27 AM EDT

    It’s really quite fun…Open both windows(the Marcus Lee YouTube mixtape provided by Dustin and my YouTube song suggestion in post #5). Mute the volume of the Marcus Lee clip while playing my whip-cracking suggestion to go along with the dunks. I think you’ll enjoy the experience.

  • Hoosier Clarion #7


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:33 AM EDT

    Correct HfH I am bored and unimpressed with them also and very seldom watch because of that dunk 1st mentality of the showboat featured for the stage show videos. Show me real game tape against some semblance of competition.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies #8


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:49 AM EDT

    Though, in all fairness to Marcus Lee, I do think it looks like he’s going to grow into a hell of a talent…A ton more there than first meets the eye. Nice agility..good looking short hook shot while on the run..and some very, very nifty passing skills. I think there’s more than “potential” there..He’s going to move up the rankings lists.

  • David (Evansville Hoosier) #9


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 12:12 PM EDT

    Geoff, I read an article by Jody Demling in which he interviewed Lee about his interest in IU. Seemed promising.

    http://blogs.courier-journal.com/jodydemling/2012/04/22/indiana-now-in-the-mix-for-california-forward/

  • Geoff #10


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 12:43 PM EDT

    My favorite quote (if he ends up coming here) is that he “knows he’s a big man” and he isn’t “trying to float like his freshman year”

    He obviously has a little ball handling and passing ability, which seems inate, but if he can continue to add toughness and additional post savvy then he could be special.

    Nice when those guts that could float figure out where they belong this early in life. Should be very comfortable in his skin and with his role forever…

  • Jackie #11


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 1:54 PM EDT

    Salivating at our potential recruits would be an appropriate term here!

  • Mostly Cloudy #12


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 2:15 PM EDT

    Good grief. How is it that no one on this thread has pointed out the funny name of Lee’s coach?

    LeBron, Leroy, Lemarcus, Lentavius, LeDanian…..LeChet?

  • Chet #13


    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 2:35 PM EDT

    Le what? He’s my nephew from Quebec.

  • Booger #14


    Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 6:43 AM EDT

    People are complaining about kids dunking now? Why? Dunking may be somewhat “flashy” but you don’t get higher percentage offense than a dunk. A post SHOULD try to dunk everything. Glad you guys are fans and not coaches…

  • Hoosier Clarion #15


    Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 7:46 AM EDT

    How the hell do you dunk 18 feet away from the hoop? That is why video of play against live competition reveals much more about a baller than a video of a single player dunking to tunes of choice. I’d rather see a video of a player shooting foul shots than repeated gimme slams.

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