It’s been an eventful few months for Ira Lee, Scout’s 60th ranked 2017 prospect.
The 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward made a mid-season move from Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon to Napa (Calif.) Prolific Prep and is gearing up to run with the Earl Watson Elite AAU squad this summer.
While Lee has some new surroundings, he feels that his game is continuing to progress.
“I think I’ve played pretty well, especially with the midseason transfer to Prolific,” Lee said. “I’ve been attacking the basket really well, rebounding and getting to spots on the floor.
“I would usually just go down low and wait there but I got to Prolific and coach (Philippe) Doherty taught me how to space the floor and find spots to shoot.”
Being a versatile forward has always been in Lee’s plans and he still feels he’s moving in that direction.
“I think going out on the wing is the next chapter, showing everyone I can be a hybrid or stretch four and that I can defend on the wing,” he said.
Lee mentioned four schools recruiting him the hardest, before discussing what stands out about each of them.
Cal: “I love coach Cuonzo (Martin). He’s a great dude and definitely a players’ coach who will get the best out of you, no matter what. I really like how they run things. They have a winning mentality, especially with guys like Ivan (Rabb) and Jaylen (Brown).”
Arizona: “That’s home for me which is a plus for them. Coach (Sean) Miller is a great coach and probably going to be a Hall of Famer. They develop players and make pros.”
Oregon: “I like how they say they’re going to play me. They like my versatility. They said they’ll let me expand out to the wing and play inside, depending on the matchup. Also, coach (Dana) Altman is a great coach.”
USC: “This was obviously a big year for them. I’m good friends with some of the guys on the team and I’ve had a good relationship with coach (Andy) Enfield since my freshman year. It’s my dad’s alma mater too so I’ve been around USC my whole life.”
Don’t expect Lee to drag things out too long before making a commitment.
“I’d say probably mid-summer I’ll make a decision,” he said. “I’m not too far away.”