Ray Lee has the ability to play for an established college basketball program regularly in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament berth. That might not necessarily be his focus, however.
"I'd really like to go to a place that's down and try to bring them up," the 2012 Point Guard from Michigan said. "I think you grow more as a player that way and develop rather than sitting behind guys for two years. There's also the satisfaction of helping to build something."
Iowa fits the mold of what Lee describes.
"They offered me a scholarship (Thursday) at around 12 (p.m.)," said Lee, who played last season at Romulus Senior High and will be a Huntington Prep in West Virginia this fall.
"The first time I had heard from them was (Wednesday). They said they had seen me play a lot. They said they basically like that I'm the type of guard that goes out and kills it every night. They want a (point) guard that can do a lot more things other than just pass."
The Hawkeyes joined Xavier, Central Florida, Iowa State, Baylor, Dayton and Virginia in offering Lee. He's heard consistently from Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Marquette, Florida State, Clemson, Providence and West Virginia.
"I hear from Texas a whole lot," Lee said. "I've taken an unofficial to Georgia and Iowa State (in November) and will be on an unofficial to Xavier (Saturday). I also will see Marquette and Tennessee this summer. That's all I know of right now."
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound said he still needs to get to know more about Iowa being as they just came in on him.
"I still need to learn more," he said. "I know that they've been one of the lower teams in the Big Ten, but they have new players and a new coach."
Lee grew up with Hawkeye sophomore-to-be Devyn Marble.
"I've known him probably since the eighth grade," Lee said. "I watched them play against Michigan last year. I plan to talk to him and get some feedback on Iowa."
The Hawkeyes are recruiting Lee as a point guard. He said that some scouts have contrasting ideas when it comes to his position.
"I think I get labeled as a combo guard or a shooting guard because that's what I have to do on my AAU team," he said. "in high school last year, I was the second tallest guy on the team, so I had to play power forward and everywhere else. I think when I get to Huntington there are going to be at least three or four scorers around me so I won't need to score 30 and I can show that I can be a true point guard."
Lee said that playing different positions during his AAU and prep careers has helped him to become a better point guard.
"I think I'm versatile," he said. "I know how to post up and I know how to defend bigger guys."
Lee said he is in no rush to select a college.
"Things have really started to pick up since May," he said. "A few schools like Texas and Tennessee have told me they really like what they see and want to see more in July. I'll probably start narrowing things down in the fall."
Lee said he will take some official visits, which can begin once his senior year of school starts. He says he'll definitely use one of his five on a trip to Texas.
"I've always liked them even before I started being recruited," he said. "I think things are pretty equal with the schools so far. The thing I've focused on as important is where I can see myself living. I think Georgia and UCF stand out in that regard beyond basketball. I really haven't sat down yet and gotten into style of play and other aspects, though."
Lee knows what style best suits his game.
"I think it's where there's freedom on offense," he said. "I like when you get to isolate your man and get to the basket. I'd like a coach that let's you go out and make plays."
Lee said he was being recruited by Michigan and Michigan State but there seems to have been a mutual split.
"They were talking to me a lot last year," Lee said. "But I'm not interested in staying home at Michigan or Michigan State."