Lee has increased attention, two standout

A name on the west coast picking up some buzz is post prospect Marcus Lee. His college interest is picking up, as he recently scored a scholarship offer from a Big 12 school.

Marcus Lee wanted to change his mentality heading into his junior season at Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound post prospect lost his main low post counterpart to graduation and knew it was up to him to man the post and control the glass. So Lee made it a priority to raise his effort on the glass.

"I think I'm doing great," Lee told Scout.com about his junior season. "I needed to concentrate on one thing and I think that one thing was rebounding. Our team isn't as big or as strong as everybody else and we had to find a way to do it."

Lee's new focus has caused him to worry less about scoring and more about his energy level.

"I'm kind of playing the game differently now," Lee said. "I always thought you played really well if you score, but now if I play really hard then I know I can still have a good game."

Through the first 14 games of his junior season, Lee is averaging 12 points, 15 rebounds and just under 10 blocks per game.

Lee has also managed to grab the eye of college coaches along the way.

"It's amazing," he said of the recruiting process. "It's so fun my brother was always telling me to wait and said everything was going to happen. Now out of nowhere a coach will call and that will make my day."

"Right now I'm looking more into," he added about his recruitment. "I'm kind of just getting into a flow with it. I'm not really in a rush to do anything with it right now."

Lee currently has scholarship offers from VCU, San Diego, Pepperdine, Northwestern, Saint Mary's and Texas A&M. Stanford and Northwestern are also showing serious interest.

Texas A&M was the latest to offer, as they stepped up their interest level with it last week.

"They've been talking to me for a while," Lee said of the Aggies. "I thought that was pretty great because I have family over there."

While Lee made it clear he's not rushing the process, he did say a pair of schools standout.

"I'm really liking Stanford and Shaka Smart and VCU," Lee responded when asked about favorites.

Lee, who currently holds a 3.4 GPA, grew up following Stanford athletics.

"I've always like Stanford," he said. "I grew up being a Stanford fan. We always use to go to all of their games. It was always my dream to go to Stanford. Who wouldn't want a Stanford degree in your hands?"

VCU was among the first schools to recruit Lee and he's also impressed with their focus on defense.

"For VCU they are always in to the game," Lee said. "There's no down point. They are always in a man and they always playing defense."

"They were there really early," he said. "They were probably the first or second school that got in contact with me."

To date, Lee, a current three-star prospect, has taken unofficial visits to Pepperdine, Saint Mary's and Stanford.

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