Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon forward Ira Lee isn’t in the shape he wants to be because of a torn labrum he suffered his sophomore year.
However, he is continuing to work on where he once was physically.
“Last year I was in the best shape, right now I am not the best shape,” Lee said. “I have lost about five pounds.
“I want to turn it into muscle and that is what I am going to work on before the high school season starts.”
The 6-foot-7, 235-pound four-star prospect was shadowed by numerous schools this past summer and it led to a handful of new offers.
There’s not a ton that is new,” Lee said. “Texas offered about a month ago and now I am hearing from Michigan and Stanford. Hopefully they offer me soon.”
Lee also has an offer from California and admits that there is some pressure for two main reasons.
“My Oakland Soldiers teammates are all northern guys,” Lee said. “I get it from my dad too because he is from the Bay Area, so he would like me to go to Cal.”
There’s also a deep connection to Arizona as well.
“I was born in Glendale and lived there until I was about 13,” Lee said. “Honestly I didn’t watch basketball growing up because I did not start playing until I was 12, but I have always liked Arizona.
“Our relationship is strong right now, but that’s like with everybody else. Arizona is the home state for me, so I might stay on the west coast.”
There currently aren’t any concrete plans for Lee to visit any schools, but he has an idea of the ones he wants to see.
“I haven’t thought that deep about it,” he said. “I have plenty of time. I will probably take unofficial visits to Cal, Arizona, and UCLA. Places close to home.
“I am going to look at how they function every day, what their routine is, and the overall environment.”