May 18 -- Ira Lee is one of the nation's top 2017 power forwards and has four schools working the hardest on him...
It was a tough sophomore year for Ira Lee
, who had to sit out the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
The 6-foot-7, 235-pound power forward from Chatsworth (Calif.) Sierra Canyon, who is Scout's 21st ranked 2017 prospect as well as 5th rated power forward nationally, is back on the court this spring for the Oakland Soldiers and feeling healthy.
"I'm probably 95% back," Lee said. "It feels good to be back. I've been working out every day for about four months now."
While on the bench, Lee was able to gain a different perspective on the game and feels it's made an impact on him.
"I saw a lot of things on defense that I didn't really see while on the court. Spots that I could get to on offense, when to cut, make the right pass, that kind of stuff. I watched a ton of film.
"I'm confident in my jumper and dribbling skills now. I'm mixing them well with my rebounding and energy."
Lee has picked up recent interest from Gonzaga
, while four schools are spending the most time recruiting him.
, UConn and UCLA
are recruiting me the hardest right now," Lee said, before breaking down all four programs
: "I like the tempo they play at. It's my home state and coach (Sean) Miller is a cool guy. I moved to California from Arizona when I was 12."
: "I like the way they play. Coach (Cuonzo Martin) said he'll get me to the next level. I like the way they do things up there."
: "They play a simple game; run, pass, cut and play defense."
: "They want me to be a versatile forward in their system. I would move around, shoot jumpers, play defense and do what I do."
Lee has a couple schools he's hoping to check out over the next couple of months.
"I'll probably visit UCLA soon and check out California this summer," he said. "That's all I know about so far."
There remains no timetable for Lee to make a decision.
"Not yet," he said.