Change Of Plans for Lamarcus Lee

With head coach Will Wade leaving Chattanooga for VCU, Scotlandville Magnet (La.) High School guard Lamarcus Lee requested and received a release last week from his signed national letter of intent with the Mocs.

In the past few days the 6-foot-2 all-state guard from Louisiana has heard from coaches at VCU, San Diego State, Southern, Southeastern Louisiana, Gulf Coast (Fla.) State College, Tallahassee Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College.

“I’ve been talking to a lot of schools, but I’m mostly focused right now on working to qualify,” Lee said. “My cumulative GPA is good enough, but I need to get a higher ACT score. When I talk to schools I keep it real. I let them know what I have to do to qualify, so they understand my situation.”

Lee, who graduates from high school on May 13, said he is “close” to getting the necessary ACT score to qualify. He takes the ACT again on June 13.

“I’ve been doing my ACT prep work at home and will get a tutor outside of school,” Lee said. “The next time I take the ACT is in June, so soon after that I’ll know if I’ll qualify. My first option is to go to a Division-I school if I qualify. If I don’t qualify, my second option would be prep school and my third option would be junior college.”

This past season as a senior Lee earned second-team Class 5A all-state honors, made the Advocate All-Metro Team and was District 4-5A MVP after averaging 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. His all-around play and leadership helped the Hornets win the Class 5A state title.

“I play good on-the-ball defense, I’m a good ball-handler and I can play above the rim,” Lee said. “I’m also not selfish, like to share the ball and have good court awareness. College coaches say they like my defense. I know I can hold my own on defense because it was the most important thing my coach talked to us about.”

Last fall Lee took an official visit to Chattanooga. He also made an unofficial visit to Tennessee before the Vols made a coaching change after the season.

“I want to take an official visit before I make a decision to make sure it’s my type of environment,” Lee said. “I’m looking to play for a good coach with good players and a good system because you need a good system to win and I want to win. It won’t bother me to play away from home.”

Lee knows he has some work to do to qualify, but he’s determined to make it happen.

“I’m confident in myself, and I know what I’m capable of,” Lee said. “If I keep God first and stay humble, I know I can do anything. Playing ball at the next level is important to me because it gets me closer to my ultimate dream in life and that’s to play professional ball overseas or in the NBA.”

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