If you haven’t heard of Marcus Lee yet, don’t worry, you will.
Lee is a dominant and versatile post player who hails from California, where he has spent his high school career starring for Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley High. At 6-foot-10, Lee has the size and athleticism to be a legitimate NBA prospect within a year or two if he lives up to the expectations that come along with picking a John Calipari program.
Yet Lee isn’t focusing on basketball at the moment. That’s because he’s just as committed to his second sport: volleyball.
As noted by MaxPreps, Lee isn’t just one of the best basketball players in the country, he’s also one of the best volleyball players. He was forced to miss the first third of the volleyball season due to his involvement in national basketball all-star games (he played in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic), but Lee has still emerged as one half of a twin-towers wrecking crew for Deer Valley. Lee has racked up 154 kills across a shortened season, averaging 3.8 kills per game, with Deer Valley racking up a 40-1 record.
Lee’s partner up front, 6-foot-4 Jordan Ewert, has averaged 4.7 kills per game for the Wolverines.
As the season rolls along, Lee keeps improving on the volleyball court as well. In the California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section Championship, Lee racked up 15 kills to lead Deer Valley to a 25-15, 24-26, 25-16, 25-15 victory against Amador Valley (Calif.) High, earning the first sectional boys volleyball title in school history. You can see Lee in action against Amador Valley earlier this season in the video directly above.
While this playoff run will serve as the final bow for Lee in boys volleyball, he still has a shot at earning more school and state history. With Lee and Ewert up front, Deer Valley will be among the favorites in the Northern Section playoffs, where Lee will hope to add to his 143-17 career record with the Wolverines.
Then again, maybe this won’t be Lee’s last go-around. If basketball doesn’t work out, Lee could very well have a future in volleyball at the collegiate level, or higher. If anyone thinks the U.S. national team wouldn’t be interested in a 6-foot-10 freak of an athlete with past hardcourt volleyball experience, they’re kidding themselves.
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