This week was one of my biggest challenges yet. I received the assignment of putting together a "Day in the Life" piece on the Deer Valley basketball star, Marcus Lee.
Cal Hi Sports Bay Area had done a similar story on Archbishop Mitty star Aaron Gordon last year, and although I heard it was fun I was also told it was a lot of work: trying to cut hours upon hours of footage into a four-minute story.
I love a good challenge so I was ready for it!
On Tuesday morning, fellow reporter Taylor Lambert and myself packed my car with all of the equipment and made the 70 mile drive up to Antioch. We arrived at Deer Valley and immediately began capturing footage of Marcus. We filmed him studying, eating lunch and hanging out with his friends. It was apparent Marcus definitely stood out. Not only for the obvious reasons (his 6-9, 200 lb. stature) but because of his personality. He seemed to command his peers attention whenever he would walk into a room.
What I found most refreshing was how humble he is. Although he is the "big man on campus" heading to the University of Kentucky next year to play for John Calipari he remains grounded.
After his school day was complete, it was off to Freedom High School where Marcus and the rest of the Wolverines were taking on Bay Valley Athletic League foes, the Falcons. The goofy, care-free 18-year old transformed the minute he stepped into the gym; becoming serious and focused. Marcus and his team prepared for the game and at 530pm it was time for tip off. It was all Wolverines with Marcus leading the way.
Deer Valley had as big as a 20 point lead at one point, but the Falcons staged a comeback trimming it all the way down to three, but it was too little too late and Marcus and company pulled of the 76-73 win.
Marcus finished with a triple double -- 16 points, 27 rebounds and 11 blocks.
Afterwards Taylor and I were exhausted. Following a high school senior around for 12 hours is not an easy assignment, but excited to tell this story. If you would like to see the entire "Day in the Life" piece be sure to check it out at 5pm throughout the week!