Kentucky Basketball: Marcus Lee Joins Cats' Star-Studded 2013 Class

Paul AblesContributor IIIOctober 17, 2012

Courtesy of Evan Habeeb - US Presswire
Courtesy of Evan Habeeb - US Presswire

John Calipari is officially on a roll, as his 2013 recruiting class just received yet another five-star commitment. Marcus Lee is one of the premier forwards in the country and today he announced his intention to become a Kentucky Wildcat.

The announcement came shortly after 2:30 p.m. EST and is the fourth commitment in 14 days for Calipari's next class. Lee attended Kentucky's Big Blue Madness event this past Friday and had an excellent visit. Also attending were current commits Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young and Derek Willis.

Lee had a great time with the group and even posted a Twitter photo featuring Lee and the other four commits. The caption included with the photo read, "That's just scary."

It is also reality now that Lee has joined the team. He brings a defensive presence and is an elite shot blocker in the paint. Marcus possesses an explosive leaping ability and has excellent timing on his block attempts.

The athletic power forward is also a strong finisher on offense, and should be very effective in transition playing next to Young and the Harrison boys. Lee has the potential to be a one-and-done, but is more likely to be a two-year player in Lexington.

Lee bolsters the nation's best recruiting class and is the first post player in Kentucky's 2013 class. Rivals has him rated 15th overall in the country, while ESPN ranks him 28th overall in the class. Scout places Lee 38th overall, but lists him as the second-best center in the class.