Marcus Lee was a McDonaldâs All-American last year, and now Marcus Lee has played in a total of 10 percent of Kentuckyâs available minutes this season. He had only played a total of 54 seconds in Kentuckyâs last five games, so his mere entrance into Saturdayâs game against LSU was somewhat newsworthy.
Heâs played 33 combined minutes in No. 17 Kentuckyâs 14 conference games so far. His minutes have come either in blowouts or because of foul trouble to Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson, and heâs tried to make the most out of what heâs been given. He scored 17 points in Kentuckyâs season opener against UNC-Asheville (and only 28 in 16 appearances since), but heâs not a player that should be strictly valued by points scored.
Lee said his primary concern is to stay tuned in to each game from the bench should Calipari send him onto the floor. Once he gets in, he said his job is to stay active. If a ball comes to him, or if he can slip behind the post and go up for a lob, thatâs great. But he said heâs more interested in offensive rebounds and put-backs, or blocking shots or helping out defensively in other ways.
Walter Cornett, of Glendale, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walterâs Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.