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Couple programs pushing for Lucas

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Jai Lucas, the top ranked available point guard besides Derrick Rose and O.J. Mayo, now has visitation dates set for his four favorites. A couple other high profile programs are presently putting the full court press on the 5-foot-10, 160-pound playmaker.
Already having visits set for Kentucky (Oct. 13), Oklahoma State (Oct. 20) and Maryland (Oct. 28), Lucas, of Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas, will follow up those visits with a trip to Norman, Okla., on the first weekend of November.
Indiana and Kansas are not sitting by idly, however. Both programs are working hard to make up ground with Lucas.
"Kansas just came in, and they are coming back Thursday," said Lucas' father John Lucas. "Indiana has also been in twice recently.
"Kansas doesn't have a scholarship available, but they are concerned that Mario Chalmers will be leaving for the NBA after this season. They are trying to get Jai to wait until the spring.
"Indiana is working hard to set up a visit this fall, but we'll have to see how it goes with the other visits. Jai is interested in Indiana and Kansas, but they are still on the outside of the other four."
Lucas is the No. 42 ranked prospect in the Rivals150.
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. 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.
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