Q&A: 2012 Guard Ray Lee

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I managed to catch up with Ray Lee over the weekend to get a quick update on where his recruitment stands. Lee is a 6-foot-3 guard who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways. Here’s my scouting report on Lee from this May:

Lee is very long and very athletic, at one point barely missing a nasty baseline dunk in traffic.  His handle is nice and he can get by just about anyone with his crossover. His shot looks decent, though he didnt shoot much.  He plays very good defense, kind of a skinnier Darius Morris type with his long arms and getting into passing lanes.

Lee, like most prospects, has a busy schedule on deck. He’ll be attending Michigan’s Elite Camp, adidas Invitational, Kentucky Hoopfest, Great Lakes Classic, and the AAU Nationals in Orlando.

Describe your game. Basically I’m a guard who will give you something different every game. It’s not always the same thing. Some games I might go out and create, not really shoot the ball at all, some games I can go off for 30 or 40. And some games, I just try to put on a show for the fans and everything.

I have seen you throw down on people, you have the ability to put on a show. (laughs) Yeah, I try.

Who did you hear from on June 15th (the first day schools can call 2012 recruits)? Well, schools contacted my dad or my head coach because I was having phone issues, but I heard from Dayton, Oregon State, Colorado, Central Michigan and USC.

You’re going to Michigan’s elite camp, right? Yeah, I’m going to Michigan’s elite camp.

Any more elite camps planned? Not really any more elite camps planned.

Do you have a timeframe for commitment? Maybe during the season of my senior year.

When did you visit Michigan? My first visit was when I was in 9th grade, and I visited this past–when they played against Notre Dame.

Have you met any of the new coaches, Bacari Alexander and LaVall Jordan? No, I haven’t met them.

Have you met coach Beilein? Yeah, I talked to coach Beilein.

What did you talk about with him? Well basically what we talked about was me excelling in high school and everything. Just getting to the point where it’s becoming a prospect and everything. Not much about college.

What do you like about Michigan? I like the campus a lot, the team, it seems like they run a nice offense and everything, I like the way they run defense because I like playing in the 1-3-1.

Have you heard about the new practice facility Michigan is building? Yeah, I heard about it.

How much impact does something like that have in your decision? Somewhat a lot. Not as much as the offense they run or the players around me.

Where do you think you would fit into Michigan’s offense? I can see myself being a one or playing the off guard. I can play multiple positions. I don’t know if you’ve seen me play for my high school team, but I usually played between a one and a four.

Any offers? None.

What are you focusing on improving about your game right now? I’m focusing on becoming a better rebounder, and lateral quickness.

What player would you compare yourself to? I would compare myself to a combination of John Wall and Brandon Jennings.

What ultimately goes into your decision? Basically being able to have open floor to drive. Really, like, a program that isn’t always switching players in and out with every mistake made. They let you play free.

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