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Report: Kentucky's Marcus Lee Says His "Plan Is To Go To The NBA"

Kentucky junior big man Marcus Lee appears dead set on playing in the NBA next year, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

">April 20, 2016

Lee has declared for the NBA Draft but won't hire an agent in order to preserve his final season of eligibility. However, his quotes to Goodman indicate he's intent on leaving Lexington. 

"I haven't hired an agent," the 6-foot-9 junior forward told ESPN. "Because I want to keep my eligibility just in case I decide to come back, but my plan is to go to the NBA. That's the only goal."

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"I've talked to Coach Cal about this, and he definitely understands that I'm going to the NBA this year."

Lee averaged 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for the Wildcats this season. If he does remain in the draft, Isaac Humphries, Derek Willis and Tai Wynyard are the only returning frontcourt players on the UK roster.

Still, Kentucky brings in 6-foot-9 forwards Wenyen Gabriel and Bam Adebayo and 6-foot-10-inch Sacha Killeya-Jones. The Wildcats would also have an additional scholarship to use on five-star center Marques Bolden, who is expected to choose soon between UK and Duke.