Ira Lee

Arizona adds to top-ranked recruiting class with Top 100 PF Ira Lee

Ira Lee ended his recruitment on Thursday by committing to Arizona, further solidifying the Wildcats number one class in 2017.

Arizona has improved on its top-ranked 2017 recruiting class with a commitment from Ira Lee.

The 6-foot-7, 220-pound power forward from Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads is Scout’s 80th ranked prospect in the class and a player who projects as a productive forward in the Pac-12.

Lee is a player who Arizona has targeted since he was a freshman and that effort paid off in this recruitment.

“I committed to the University of Arizona,” Lee told Scout. “Coach (Sean) Miller offered me as a freshman so I have a very good relationship with him and I like the way he runs his program.”

The relationship that Arizona’s staff has built with Lee and his family over the last few years was a big part of his decision.

“We had great relationships with Cuonzo Martin and Dana Altman,” said Ira’s father, Zeph Lee. “But the deciding factor with coach Miller was in spite of all the other five stars and everyone out there, Miller has always been there.

“When everyone else said that Miller would recruit over us, that could have been true but with all the big names out there in 2017 they stayed true and kept us in the picture.”

“I'm comfortable with all of their coaches,” Ira added. “I have a relationship with everyone on that staff.”

Under Miller, Arizona has had a lot of success with versatile forwards which gives Lee confidence in how he’ll be used in Tucson.

“They said I'm their kind of guy,” Ira said. “Aaron Gordon, Solomon Hill and Derick Williams were all versatile forwards who could do a lot of things. I want to be that kind of guy for them.”

“I think he fits in great,” added Chad Beeten, who coaches Lee at Crossroads. “He’s going to be a perfect complement to what they already have. With Ira’s leadership, motor, toughness and athleticism, Sean Miller and his staff will be very pleased with him.”

Lee sees the class that Arizona has put together in 2017 and not only sees the chance to win at a high level but feels he’ll be surrounded by players who complement him.

“With DeAndre Ayton, Alex Barcello and Brandon Randolph, we have two great shooters coming in and the number one big in the country,” Lee said. “It will give me the chance to display my entire game.”

“We’re going to compete for a national title together.”

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