Lee making strides

Ira Lee keeps making progress as a player and the 2017 prospect's recruitment has picked up accordingly.

It's been a very positive year of development for 6-foot-7, 215-pound Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon power forward Ira Lee.

The 2017 prospect has made a big leap forward as a player, which was evident at the USA Basketball Developmental Camp, from which he received the following evaluation from Scout.com:

At no taller than 6-foot-7 and maybe smaller, there’s always going to be some skepticism about Lee’s ultimate upside. He’s an undersized four and those don’t grow on trees at the highest level. That being said, Lee is a kid who is a flat out winner and is going to really help someone at the next level. He has a level 10 motor and is an elite rebounder for the position. Lee’s ball handling has improved and he’s become better at attacking from the high post and finishing below or above the basket. He plays hard on defense and often blocks shots on the help side. Lee is a very good athlete who gets the most out of his physical ability and has made serious strides in his game over the last year.

Lee is pleased with the strides he's made since his first high school game a year ago.

"I'm happy with my development," Lee said. "My 15-footer is coming along, I'm playing hard and I'm working hard on my handle.

"I want to be a power forward that can play on the wing or inside. If I need to go inside I can take care of business but if I want to go on the wing I can do that too. I want to be able to guard several positions."

Even though it's early in his recruitment, there are five schools which have been recruiting Lee the hardest.

"Arizona, USC, UConn, Stanford and California are showing me the most love," Lee said.

Just entering his sophomore year, Lee isn't in a rush to make a decision.

"I'm wide open right now," he said. "It's early for me and I'm keeping my options open. I'm open to anything."

There will be two areas that Lee will be looking at closely when making a decision.

"Education is important to me, as is player development," Lee said.

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