Marcus Lee narrows list to seven

Marcus Lee has cut his list to seven. Where does the 2013 prospect go from here and what will be looking for in a school?

Offers have been flying in for 6-foot-9, 220-pound Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley center Marcus Lee since the spring, but the 2013 prospect has finally been able to cut down his list to seven. According to Marcus' brother, Bryan Lee, the rising senior has narrowed his school list to California, Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and UCLA.

The next step in the process is scheduling visits.

"We're in the process of setting up the visits now," Bryan said. "In the next few days we'll try to solidify that. Then it will just be just building relationships with the coaches. Marcus doesn't watch a ton of college basketball so he's going to sit down and learning how teams play."

There are two West Coast schools remaining, and it looks like they may end up getting unofficial visits, with officials going to the rest of the colleges on the list.

"I think we might just go to Cal and UCLA as unofficials just because they're the local schools and then go on officials with the five schools that aren't close," Bryan said. "We'll probably be looking to set up the Louisville and Kentucky visits soon, but we don't have anything set in stone yet."

As Lee goes through the process, he'll be able to compare the schools and see which one has the full package of qualities he's looking for.

"He wants a team atmosphere," Bryan said. "He's big on playing with unselfish guys so he wants to see that during the season, guys that are more focused on winning than anything else.

"Coaches will be a big factor and the point guard will be a big factor but out of the list we have, it will be about building relationships and seeing where he's most comfortable."

Location isn't something that is expected to play a big role in the decision.

"Cal is really the only local school; UCLA is six hours away by car," Bryan said. "Location isn't too much of a factor. He understands that if he wants to play basketball after college he could end up in Minnesota or Kuwait."

As for a spring or fall decision, that remains up in the air.

"We're kind of stuck in the middle," said Bryan. "I know my mom wants to get it done sooner than later but we just need to think about it a little longer."

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