Indiana “still pretty high” on Marcus Lee’s list

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Last month at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Marcus Lee (Antioch, Calif.) was largely ineffective in games due to a hip injury.

The 6-foot-9 power forward couldn’t run the floor with his typical explosiveness and had problems beating defenders to the basket.

This past weekend at the Nike Global Challenge, though, was different.

A healthy Lee finished well in transition and in the post, despite his relatively thin stature. Lee also was arguably the tournament’s top shot blocker.

His USA West team finished the three-day event 3-1 as he averaged 12.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game.

Lee has offers from nearly every major program in the country, including Indiana, but wouldn’t name the schools pursuing him hardest at this point.

He plans to “narrow it down to seven in the next two weeks.”

“Right now they are pretty much the same,” Lee said. “I’m not really looking at schools, just trying to play basketball.”

With that said, expect Indiana to make the cut.

He spoke with Tom Crean two days ago and added how much he enjoys watching the team play.

“They are still pretty high on my list,” Lee said. “I still talk to their coaches. I’m just trying to learn more.”

More from the Nike Global Challenge:

· Indiana making a push for 2013 center Kennedy Meeks
· Indiana likely to receive one of Anya’s five official visits

  • inLinE6

    Lee, Anya, meeks and Ojeleye. All are still pursued hard by the Hoosiers. Should we worry if more than one kid decide to commit?

  • hardcore_hoosier

    Only one more and the coaching staff will shut it down. Any of these four would make an impact. It will be fun watching how it all plays out for the last spot.

  • hardcore_hoosier

    Only one more and the coaching staff will shut it down. Any of these four would make an impact. It will be fun watching how it all plays out for the last spot.

  • HoosierKen73

    I would worry a lot more, if we don’t get any of them.. Would be somewhat of a statement about our ability to get the true ‘top’ players…at least in this class. I would think the minute one does commit, we probably notify the others and withdraw their offers. Who knows, Crean knows more than we do about the numbers. I think I’ll just trust him, to make the call. What interests me is, we seem to have a lot of reasons Anya should come here, yet the tone of the articles written are more like “I think I might make IU one of my official visits.” Doesn’t sound like a very strong endorsement of IU as the way he’s ‘leaning’, to me…kinda scarey. I was hoping we;d at least get him yet,

  • WisconHoosier

    When I read about recruits, I usually do it from the perspective of what he brings to Indiana – how he can help us.

    But with Lee especially, I believe Indiana can help him. Crean’s system is perfect for Lee. Lee would not only rapidly improve with us, his skills would be showcased.

    Crean would maximize Lee’s strengths. I see Lee eventually being a Dennis Rodman type player, with a successful $50 million+ NBA career. But the school he chooses will make a difference. Not all coaches, not all schools, are the same.

  • 888

    Two years ago wed have been dancing in the streets if a top guy commited. Now its like if CTC only recruits kids who he beleives have NBA potential. What aturn around! It should always have been likie this at a program like Indiana. Our state is the hoops capital of the world and the school thats named after our state should be represented accordingly. We have a buiult in recruiting base and like dakich said even coaches tell him they want tio coach here. It would be like Florida, Texas,Ohio, and California not being competative in football. Produce all the talent but other states reap the reward. Well that craps over!!!! Time to prove to the country who the top dog in hoops is. Weve always known it. Thanks CTC!!!

  • 888

    Two years ago wed have been dancing in the streets if a top guy commited. Now its like if CTC only recruits kids who he beleives have NBA potential. What aturn around! It should always have been likie this at a program like Indiana. Our state is the hoops capital of the world and the school thats named after our state should be represented accordingly. We have a buiult in recruiting base and like dakich said even coaches tell him they want tio coach here. It would be like Florida, Texas,Ohio, and California not being competative in football. Produce all the talent but other states reap the reward. Well that craps over!!!! Time to prove to the country who the top dog in hoops is. Weve always known it. Thanks CTC!!!

  • Creandaddy

    This kid reminds of Tyson Chandler. Long, athletic, shot blocker, runs the floor well, and rebounds. Could be a very nice fit in btown and might have the highest ceiling (definitely the most athletic) out of the all big men that we are currently going after. I could definintely see this kid being the defensive anchor in a post Cody Zeller era.

  • Creandaddy

    This kid reminds of Tyson Chandler. Long, athletic, shot blocker, runs the floor well, and rebounds. Could be a very nice fit in btown and might have the highest ceiling (definitely the most athletic) out of the all big men that we are currently going after. I could definintely see this kid being the defensive anchor in a post Cody Zeller era.

  • Geoff_85

    I’m somewhat relieved after reading this. For some reason my initial thought after reading the headline was, “yeah…that means Indiana is pretty much out”. I guess my thinking was he was hinting at Indiana still being pretty high, just not as high as the others. Just the outlook of a pessimist, I suppose.

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