After spending the past three season at Kentucky, Marcus Lee is headed to the opposite side of the country.
The 6-foot-9, 224-pound Lee has signed a financial aid agreement with Cal, the school announced on Monday. He will sit out next season under NCAA transfer guidelines before playing out his last year of eligibility with the Golden Bears in 2017-18.
Lee, originally from Antioch, Calif., withdrew his name from the NBA draft in May and surprisingly announced his intentions on transferring for his final year of eligibility.
“I want to thank the University of Kentucky, the basketball staff and the Big Blue Nation for supporting me over the years,” Lee said via a press release at the time. “I’m sorry it took me so long to come to this decision, but I’m trying to do what’s right for me and my family. I’ll always think fondly of my time at Kentucky.”
Lee started 20 games last season, averaging 6.4 points, six rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game last season.
He will join a Cal team that ended the season with a 23-11 record.
“We’re very excited to have Marcus Lee be a part of our basketball family,” Golden Bears coach Martin said in a press release. “Marcus brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our program. He’s contributed and won at a high level in high school as well as in college.
“He’s a high-motor guy with tremendous attributes on both ends of the floor. He’s one of the best athletes in all of college basketball and he’s committed to being successful on and off the court.”