A player looking to put a stamp on his final AAU season is 2017 6’8 225 pound forward Ira Lee out of San Pedro, CA (Prolific Prep). PGU caught up with the 4-star talent at the Pangos All-American Camp to talk more about where he stands as summer approaches.
“I’m just definitely a lot more versatile than last year. Coaches are more comfortable with me bringing the ball up the court and making decisions and I just feel like I can do it all right now,” he tells PGU.
During the camp Lee’s versatility was on full display as he battled against another Arizona prospect in 2017 forward Billy Preston. The two went back and forth putting on a display but it was Lee who got the best of Preston as his versatility came through. “I like being in control and put my teammates in good situations. That was just an element that I wanted to add to my game from last year. I was tired of waiting for the ball to come to me so I just wanted to take charge a little bit and worked on it.”
“I feel like I can guard anybody, all positions. That’s what my dad and I have been working on because at the next level if you cant guard whatever position you think you are you’re not going to see time on the court. I just want to be prepared for when that time comes,” he further explained.
Going into the AAU season last year Lee was coming off a shoulder injury that kept him out all of his sophomore season so this year he’s looking to make some noise this time around. “Last year I was hurt so in my mind I kind of fell off so I just look at this as a redemption year that I can show that I’m still capable of doing all of the same things.”
And as far as recruiting goes he touched on the topic with us telling PGU, “I’ll start sorting all of that out in July but I’m definitely going to talk it over with my family in the next couple of weeks and we’ll go from there.”
Being an Arizona native Lee is no stranger to what Sean Miller and Arizona have to offer but it’s the Arizona alumni that are trying to help reel in the talented prospect. “Oh man Stanley (Johnson), Solomon (Hill), Aaron (Gordon) are always in my ear about it.”
“We play similar positions and coach Miller has really strived on that position the past few years. He’s put them in good spots both offensively and defensively. I definitely want to go somewhere that’s going to develop me. I want to decide early in the fall by August-September I’m not exactly sure but sometime in the early fall so I can make my decision and have all of that taken care of before the start of my senior season. I talk to coach Miller all of the time and coach Pasternack. I’m in constant contact with them.”