From all indications, Marcus Lee is absolutely giddy about his recent trip to Big Blue Madness, but it appears that a decision will not be made soon as earlier rumours indicated. Regardless, it looks that all signs favor Kentucky and that Lee was at one point very close to committing. Comments by his older brother Bryan seem to reinforce this:
“Marcus has grown really close with coach Calipari this fall with all of the time he’s spent with him,” said Lee, “What Marcus likes about coach Calipari is that he speaks to the guys in a simple way of putting things with the recruitment. Marcus is looking mostly for a coach that will push him hard to that next level and who knows exactly what it takes to get there. There’s no doubt that Calipari is a great motivator.”
Overall, the entire feel of the atmosphere at Big Blue Madness did a lot to sway Lee towards Kentucky.
“The visit went really well. Marcus enjoyed the environment a lot. Big Blue Madness was crazy, which is basically what we had expected. Academically he was impressed; he really liked all of the support staff around the program, the whole experience felt like a family environment to Marcus.”
Now that they’ve made their big trip out to Lexington, the Lee family is slowly beginning to wind down the recruiting process and move towards decision day.
“We’re going to take an official to California this week,” Lee said, “There’s nothing new that we want to see at California, we just thought it would be best to take one last look somewhere before jumping to a snap decision right after returning from Lexington.
“After that California visit we’re going to really focus in on making a decision. If not next week then most likely the week after Marcus will have a decision made.”
Even though he probably won’t admit it publicly, John Calipari has to be giddy over this 2013 recruiting class as most pundits seem to think this could be the start of not only John Calipari’s best class, but the best class EVER. Larry Vaught poised that question to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi:
Question: With the Harrisons and Young, could Calipari be on the verge of landing the highest rated recruiting class ever?
Biancardi: “As far as ratings go if they land one or two more top recruits, yes it could be his highest rated class. Don’t forget the 2011 class with Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague as they were three top ten players and Kyle Wiltjer, who was a top 25 player. They became the best and the highest rated class ever by John Calipari “Remember ratings are hype based on potential. We at ESPN take time to write detailing evaluations which are far more important. We find out more about recruiting class after they have played in college.”
If you don’t have season tickets for Kentucky basketball, you can still get tickets. Tickets for Kentucky’s first five home games go on sale at 6PM tonight and here is more info from the UKAA:
Tickets for Kentucky’s first five home men’s basketball games will go on sale Tuesday, October 16th at 6:00 p.m. On Tuesday evening, tickets will first be available online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.
Any tickets remaining after Tuesday evening’s sale will also be available to purchase through the UK Ticket Office by calling (800) 928-2287 on Wednesday, October 17th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tickets made available are from the unsold student ticket allotment.
Lower level tickets (based upon availability) will be $50 each, and upper level tickets will be $42 each. Tickets for Kentucky’s two exhibition games (Northwood, Nov. 1 and Transylvania, Nov. 5) and first three regular season home games (Lafayette, Nov. 16; Morehead State, Nov. 21; Long Island, Nov. 23) will be available.
Tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on October 24th are still available. Lower level tickets are $10 each, and upper level tickets are $5 each. Scrimmage tickets may be purchased through the UK Ticket Office (800.928.2287), Rupp Arena Box Office (859.233.3535) and Ticketmaster (800.745.3000). Fans may also obtain scrimmage tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or at statewide Ticketmaster outlets.