6'11 Center Visits UofL, May Walk-On

6'11 C Justin Lee has several Division One scholarship offers but may instead cast his lot with UofL and join the Cardinal basketball program as a walk-on in the fall. ITV spoke with Lee's high school coach Billy Hicks last night about the status of the 6'11, 270 center.

Lee has several D1 offers, may join Cards as walk-on

6'11 Justin Lee of Scott County High School in Georgetown,KY made a visit to the University of Louisville on Thursday and apparently will have the opportunity to join the Coach Pitino's program next season, according to Scott County Head Coach Billy Hicks.

Lee, a 270 pound center, recently graduated from SCHS where he had a solid but inconsistent season. However, Lee showed enough promise during his senior campaign that Cardinal coaches began to show interest toward the end of the season.

"I think he's better than Melvin Turpin was at this stage," Hicks told ITV Thursday night.

Lee, whose parents are from Louisville, had scholarship offers from Virginia Commonwealth, East Tennessee St., and North Carolina A&T among others. However, the opportunity to play and develop under the tuteledge of Coach Pitino appears to tempting for Lee to pass up.

"He's a great kid and realizes what a tremendous opportunity it is to play for Coach Pitino," Hicks said.

Hicks indicated Lee's best basketball would be down the road. Lee missed most of his sophomore and junior seasons due to injury but came back last season with a solid yet inconsistent senior campaign.

"His inconsistency was a result of a lack of experience," Hicks explained. "But that will improve with time."

Hicks said Lee would need to get stronger and improve his foot quickness to reach his potential as a player. Hicks thought with added strength and better conditioning, Lee's quickness and footwook would improve as a result.

Two of Lee's better performances last season came against Lexington Tates Creek and Calhoun County (SC) at the Beach Ball Classic.

Lee scored 19 points against Tates Creek in a regular season matchup and was impressive at the Beach Ball Classic against Calhoun County posting 17 points, and 9 rebounds.


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