Lee takes a closer look

Four-star sophomore forward Ira Lee was on campus this past weekend. Read on to see what his coach says about the visit, Lee's recruitment, and more.

Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon 2017 power forward Ira Lee is one of the best sophomores in California and a prime recruiting target for the Arizona basketball program.

“Arizona has been in the picture for quite some time,” said Lee’s high school coach, Tyrone Nichols. “They are one of the best teams in the country and they recruit the best. Obviously a kid like Ira is going to want to see Arizona.

“Going to the Stanford game was a big deal for Ira. He is getting an idea of what Arizona has to offer and, as you can tell, he is very interested.”

Nonetheless, Lee figures to have his choice of schools.

“Almost all of the Pac-12 is on him, but it’s not just those schools," Nichols said. "Other places like Duke, Connecticut and Harvard are in the mix as well.”

Lee will base his decision on more than just athletics.

“He’s a great student and takes pride in that part of his life," Nichols said. "Wherever he goes, he is going to put a lot into the academic side of things.”

Although Lee is being recruited at the highest level, he hasn’t played an actual game in quite some time.

“Ira is rehabbing a torn labrum," Nichols said. "Everything is going well and I would imagine he is about a month or two away from being a full go.”

Nichols expects a smooth transition back to the court.

“Ira is a coach’s dream," he said. "He’s improved more for me than any other player I have coached. When he first started, his understanding of the game was pretty limited, but like I said, he has just worked incredibly hard and things have fallen into place for him.

“He has a very good motor, a knack for the ball and a really soft touch around the hoop. I’m not surprised at all that he is being recruited by the schools he is.”

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