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Wildcat Quickies: Marcus Lee Tribute Edition

Saluting Marcus Lee. UK surpasses NCAA APR. Trae Young Spotlight. Why Mo Bamba may be Calipari’s new top priority. More.

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As you've probably already heard, Marcus Lee is likely leaving Kentucky this year for a shot at the NBA.

People need to realize that Lee is just one of many college players who are simply ready to take the next step in their careers and start making a living for themselves. He's ready for the next step, whether that ends up being the NBA or another professional league.

Now it's not a 100% done deal Lee remains in the draft, but it looks very likely he'll do so and end his collegiate career. While it didn't feature big numbers, game-winning shots or an NCAA championship, Lee did more in three years than a lot of players do in their entire basketball careers.

That seems like a crazy statement, but not many players ever get to make a big impact in a game that gets their team to the Final Four.

One of my favorite moments in UK history was watching this no-name, rail-thin freshman with more hair in his mohawk than muscle on his body coming in and taking over an Elite Eight game against Michigan and propelled the Cats to an amazing win.

Lee's career numbers may not seem like much, but that one game will forever cement Lee in UK lore. It also didn't hurt we saw many spectacular dunks and blocks from him over his three years.

So if this is the end, thanks Marcus for all the great memories, and good luck in your NBA ventures.

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