Ira Lee has become a household name for fans of Arizona recruiting and at the end of July, his AAU career finally came to an end.
“I started this in eighth grade,” Lee said. “It has been a short time for me, but I have enjoyed every moment of it.
“From being with the Oakland Soldiers to Cal Supreme with Earl Watson, I have enjoyed it all.”
Since the eighth grade, the Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep four-star has made a name for himself as a player that generally gives more effort than anybody else on the court.
“It is a pride thing at this point because I have been doing it for so long and if I stop doing it, everybody wonders what is wrong and why I don’t look normal,” Lee said.
“Also, my dad was a football player. If I am not making a jump shot he couldn’t care less, but if I am not playing hard I know I am going to hear it.”
With AAU season over and some time before the high school season starts, Lee will start to pay closer attention to the recruiting process.
“I am probably going to take a visit to Texas in August and then take a drive up to Cal,” he said. “My official visits will probably start in October.
“I want to see how I interact with the entire coaching staff and the environment. I want a close look at how things work and the daily routine.”
Lee has not gone on record as saying he has favorites, but many feel that his recruitment is currently between Arizona and Cal.
“At Cal I have two of my teammates and they are my best friends, so they are always in my ear,” Lee said. “There is pressure to go to Cal because of them and the fact that it is close to home.
“Coach Miller offered me when I was a freshman and he has been telling me I am an all-around forward with a motor that can do it all. That is what he sees me as and that is what I could be at Arizona.
“I have been there about three times and I am from Arizona, so that is home for me. I feel comfortable there.”
When Lee finishes his official visits there is a good chance his recruitment will end quickly.
“Once I take my officials I think I will commit right before my senior season so I can focus on getting a state championship,” he said.