Sierra Canyon Forward Ira Lee Talks Cal Trip

BERKELEY -- Four-star forward Ira Lee talks about his visit to Cal and his impressions of the Bears' first Blue and Gold Scrimmage ...

BERKELEY -- On Saturday, the California men's basketball team added to its impressive slate of visitors, with 2018 five-star Jordan Brown, but also in the stands -- as he was on Friday night at the Blue and Gold Scrimmage -- was 2017 forward Ira Lee. The four-star Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon prospect joked that, with his dad driving, the pair were able to make it up to Berkeley in "like, four hours," and he was in his seat midway through the first half. The long trip from Southern California up to Berkeley had been in the works for a month, and once Lee sat down next to commit Oscar Frayer, the two were laughing and carrying on the entire evening. It was certainly a good trip for Lee, who gave the experience a "nine out of 10."

Lee and his father stayed with his uncle, John, who graduated from Cal in 1984 and works for the Cal administration, and attended the football game on Saturday, along with Brown and official visitor Charlie Moore, out of Morgan Park in Chicago.

"I loved it, I loved it," Lee said of Friday night's scrimmage. "I got to see my boy Ivan [Rabb] and Jaylen [Brown] ball out."

About 1,500 to 2,000 fans came out for the late-night scrimmage, which head coach Cuonzo Martin wants to make a tradition. It was the first Midnight Madness-type event the program has had in 14 years.

"It was pretty nice, and they had people actually cheering them," Lee smiled. "It was pretty nice." Lee has been to Haas Pavilion before -- during Sierra Canyon's run to a state title this past spring -- but he was on the sidelines with an injured shoulder. Looking around at the new amenities -- including a center-hung scoreboard, new lighting and LED strips along the ceiling, Lee was impressed.

"They've got the scoreboards and everything, now, and they used to have the small TVs in the corner, but now, everything is modern, so I think it's nice," Lee said.

Even while playing in Las Vegas this July, Lee said his shoulder wasn't quite 100 percent, but he's closer now, and said he feels "great."

"I've got the muscle back on my left arm, so I think I'm 100 percent," said the natural lefty, who shoots right-handed. There was some re-training he had to undergo. "I couldn't do any flashy stuff. I couldn't dunk for six months, so it was a bunch of rotation and a lot of pool work." Top Stories