June 18, 2011

Iowa offers Top 150 prospect

Things are heating up once again on the basketball recruiting trail. This week the Hawkeyes extended another scholarship offer in the Class of 2012, this time to guard Ray Lee from Romulus, Michigan. The Rivals Top 150 guard has generated plenty of interest nationally.

The 6-foot-3 guard already holds offer from eight scholarship offers before Iowa came calling this week with a scholarship offer. Can the Hawkeyes get into the mix?

"Iowa hasn't shown a lot of interest before this week, but when Coach Francis called this week, he told me that they have been keeping an eye on me for a while and really liked what they have seen," Lee said. "I need to look more at Iowa and learn more about them, but they are certainly a school I will consider."

Iowa extended the offer on Thursday and Lee, who will attend Huntington Prep in West Virginia this fall. He was excited to pick up his first Big Ten offer.

"It feels good to get the offer. This is my first Big Ten offer, so that's big to me. It would be good to play in the Big Ten because my family could come and watch."

Lee says that he could see using one of his five official visits on a trip to Iowa, but he is also generating plenty of interest from other schools. He says in recent weeks he has heard from Texas, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia, Marquette, West Virginia, Clemson, and Providence. He already holds scholarship offers from Baylor, Virginia, UCF, Toledo, Iowa State, and others.

He says he hopes to make official visits to Texas and UCF. This weekend he made an unofficial to Xavier and doesn't appear to be in a rush to make a decision.

"I've already made visits to Iowa State and Georgia," Lee says. "I would like to make officials at Texas and UCF. I'm going to give serious consideration to Iowa before making a decision.

Scouts who have watched Lee, who is ranked #134 in the Rivals.com rankings for 2012, seem to believe he is a classic combo guard and he says it depends largely on who is playing with that dictates his guard duties.

"I am viewed differently by people depending on who my teammates," he said. "When I am at Huntington, I will be around a lot of big wing players that can really score, so I'd probably be more of a pure point. On my AAU team, we don't have as many scorers, so I might have to score 30 points in a game."

During the July evaluation period, Lee will be playing with Dorian's Pride and will be coached by former Michigan player Tim McCormick.

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