Marcus Lee was a McDonald’s All-American last year, and now Marcus Lee has played in a total of 10 percent of Kentucky’s available minutes this season. He had only played a total of 54 seconds in Kentucky’s last five games, so his mere entrance into Saturday’s game against LSU was somewhat newsworthy.
He’s played 33 combined minutes in No. 17 Kentucky’s 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 he’s tried to make the most out of what he’s been given. He scored 17 points in Kentucky’s season opener against UNC-Asheville (and only 28 in 16 appearances since), but he’s 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, that’s great. But he said he’s more interested in offensive rebounds and put-backs, or blocking shots or helping out defensively in other ways.