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Marcus Lee commits to Cal Bears

As expected, Marcus Lee is heading back to the West Coast.

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Lee is beginning a new chapter in his basketball career, and it will occur back in his Califonia roots.

According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein and's Evan Daniels, Lee has committed to Cal, as was expected.

Lee is joining the Golden Bears after leaving the Kentucky Wildcats this offseason to pursue a transfer. Almost as soon as Lee announced he was leaving UK, word began spreading that the junior big man was looking for a school back on the West Coast, preferably in California where he's spent nearly all of his life.

That is, until Lee signed with UK and came to Lexington into 2013 and finished his career ranked 20th all-time with 100 career blocked shots. He averaged 3.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots in 100 career games with the Wildcats as he was often a great spark off the bench, but rarely assumed the kind of role he had hoped to land and is hoping he gets with Cal.

Lee enjoyed the best season of his Kentucky career during his junior campaign where he boasted career highs in points per game (6.4), rebounds per game (6.0) and total blocks (59) in 36 games.

He shot a team-best 68.0 percent from the floor, the best single-season field-goal percentage in school history with a minimum of 150 attempts. His 216 total rebounds were the most on the team, and he led the team in blocked shots in a team-high 18 games.