By LARRY VAUGHT
It should be no surprise that former Kentucky center Marcus Lee has decided to play his final year for Cuonzo Martin at Tennessee.
When Lee announced he was not returning to UK, he said he would transfer to a school closer to his home in California. Now he’s apparently set to do that.
However, what is surprising is this tweet from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman in relation to the decision.
“Still, most surprising aspect of Marcus Lee’s entire situation was that he spurned a likely guaranteed one-year deal from an NBA team,” Goodman posted on Twitter.
Lee withdrew his name from the NBA draft but opted to transfer — and sit out a redshirt season — rather than return to UK where his playing time could have been even more limited. Now he’ll have a chance to refine his game and be a replacement for Ivan Rabb after he leaves California.
Kentucky has had 19 first-round picks in coach John Calipari’s first six seasons, with 13 of them being selected in the lottery. Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere — and maybe even Tyler Ulis — are expected to add to that lottery legacy June 23.