ANTIOCH -- Marcus Lee completed his fantastic high school career by leading Deer Valley to historic seasons in two sports.
The 6-foot-9 senior was the star of a Wolverines basketball team that won its first ever North Coast Section championship and reached the Northern California regional final.
But Lee's work in the gym wasn't done.
The volleyball team was also seeking its first Division I section title, and Lee, an athletic middle blocker, was a driving force on that squad, too.
Deer Valley's boys volleyball team ended up matching the postseason success of the basketball squad, winning league and NCS championships and advancing all the way to the NorCal title game.
An elite talent and All-East Bay selection in both sports, Lee has been named the East Bay Male Athlete of the Year.
His physical tools made him the No. 25 ranked basketball recruit in the country by ESPN and earned him a spot on the McDonald's All-American team. Next year, the forward/center will be a member of the powerful Kentucky men's basketball program under coach John Calipari.
But Lee's natural talent is only part of what made him such a special athlete at Deer Valley.
"He's the kind of kid you love to be successful because he worked really hard to get it and handles it with grace and humility," said Lou Panzella, the Wolverines' volleyball coach.
As good as he was in both sports, Lee didn't get caught up in his own personal achievements. When he wasn't swatting shots, throwing down impressive dunks and pounding kills, Lee was his teammates' biggest cheerleader.
"You will not find a kid that didn't like playing with Marcus in any sport," Deer Valley basketball coach LeChet Phillips said. "He was a great teammate and the greatest kid in the world to coach. If I made a mistake, he'd go out there and make it look good."
Said Panzella: "He's very caring and that's what makes him a great teammate. Marcus is an outstanding basketball player and an outstanding volleyball player, but an even better person and that will carry him a long way."
Lee averaged 3.6 kills per set and had a team-best 58.9 kill percentage for the Wolverines' volleyball team, which wrapped up its best season in program history with a 42-2 record.
But he was even more dominant in basketball. Lee averaged close to a triple-double (17.9 points, 19.2 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game).
"He made everything come together and filled all the gaps," Phillips said. "He did the little things and was able to cover some of our deficiencies."
When Lee's senior basketball season was over, he headed to Chicago and New York City to take part in the McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic all-star games.
"It was a childhood dream," Lee said of the McDonald's honor back in February. "That was my main goal this year: To finally get there and finally learn to be the best."
At Deer Valley, he'll be remembered for more than just being the best on the court and the championships he helped bring home.
"He is a role model, whether he knows it or not," Panzella said. "He has those intangibles that will help set him apart and be successful at the next level."