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Marcus Lee became Kentucky's fourth five-star verbal commitment in the Class of 2013.

Star twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison committed to Kentucky on Oct. 4 and seemingly opened the floodgates for John Calipari's recruiting efforts in the Class of 2013.

Last week, five-star Michigan guard James Young pledged to join the Harrisons in Lexington.

And Wednesday, yet another five-star prospect in Marcus Lee of Deer Valley (Antioch, Calif.) joined the party by committing to the Wildcats during a ceremony at the Bay Area school.

Lee, a bouncy 6-foot-9, 200-pound forward, is ranked the No. 22 prospect nationally in the MaxPreps Class of 2013 Top 100. The Harrison twins own the top two spots on the same list while Young is No. 7.

Kentucky also has a commitment from Derek Willis, a 6-9 forward from Bullitt East (Mt. Washington, Ky.) also regarded as a Top 100 prospect. That quintet will likely be enough to give UK the nation's top recruiting class for the fifth year in a row.

Lee averaged 13.9 points, 13.9 rebounds and 9.1 blocked shots per game as a junior at Deer Valley, but remained well under the radar nationally. That changed over the summer playing on Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League circuit for California Supreme as he helped the Miles Simon-coached club achieve a 16-4 regular season record.

California was also in the mix for Lee's services, but the deal was sealed after a weekend visit to Lexington for UK's tip-off event Big Blue Madness.