Thursday came early this week for Kentucky.
The past two weeks, the Wildcats have received commitments from top-10 commitments on a Thursday. Two weeks ago, it was Andrew and Aaron Harrison pledging to John Calipari. Last week, James Young made his decision.
This week brought another key commitment for Kentucky -- even though it's only Wednesday. Marcus Lee, a top-40 prospect in the class of 2013, announced he was headed to Lexington.
“For the next four years, I'll be attending the University of Kentucky,” Lee said in a press conference, according to Scout.com.
Lee, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Deer Valley (Calif.), chose Kentucky over California. It looked like the Golden Bears might be the leader during the late summer, but Kentucky turned up the heat and Lee took an official visit during Big Blue Madness. That sealed the deal for Lee and the Wildcats.
Ranked as the No. 11 player at his position, Lee has plenty of potential. He's long and athletic, and he is active on the defensive end, blocking shots and rebounding. He also runs the floor well and can finish at the rim. Once he refines his offensive game, Lee can be an impact player down low.
Lee is the fifth commitment for Kentucky's 2013 class, joining the Harrison twins, Young, and local product Derek Willis. Amazingly, Calipari has reeled in 80 percent of this class in the last 13 days.
As we've reiterated the entire month, Calipari isn't done with this class, either. No. 5-ranked prospect Julius Randle has Kentucky on his list of six finalists, with Texas and Florida joining the Wildcats as the favorites. No. 1 junior Andrew Wiggins hasn't reclassified yet, but he's thought to be looking primarily at Kentucky and Florida State if he does join 2013. Throw in No. 4-ranked prospect Aaron Gordon, who still has Kentucky on his list, and Calipari could be on the verge of the best recruiting class ever.
Calipari has raised the bar. For himself, mainly.