There have been some significant developments in the recruitment of four-star prospect Jai Lucas in recent days. A couple schools are making a serious push to land the 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard from Bellaire (Texas) High School in what could be developing into a head-to-head showdown between SEC rivals.
Coach Billy Donovan stayed at Florida and point guard Taurean Green declared for the draft, so Florida immediately became a significant player in the Lucas recruitment.
Kentucky, whom Lucas has had in his top four for the longest time, hired Coach Billy Gillispie, and the former Texas A&M coach has been in Houston making a stretch run sales pitch to Lucas.
"Billy has been down here the last couple days working on Jai," Lucas' father John Lucas told Rivals.com. "It went really well. They are going to give the ball to Jai from day one, and Billy said he was going to get some players."
This Saturday Lucas will travel to Gainesville, Fla., for his final official visit to meet with the Florida staff and tour the campus.
Maryland, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are also on Lucas' school list, but it appears that the threesome is losing ground to Kentucky and Florida.
On Wednesday of next week, Lucas will meet up with friend Patrick Patterson in route to New York for the Jordan Brand All Star game. Don't be surprised if the twosome does end up playing together in college after all. Except now, the two prospects share two schools on their lists and not just Kentucky.
Jai Lucas scouting report:
The son of former NBA player and coach John Lucas, Jai Lucas brings to the court a feel for the game well beyond his years. A good shooter from three, Lucas specializes in scoring with floaters and runners in the mid-range and setting up teammates with his penetration. Adept at pushing the tempo and playing fast with the ball, Lucas does need to continue getting stronger and to continue improving his left hand.