Point guards with size are a coveted prospect for most high-major programs. After showing off his smooth ball-handling, slick passing and dead eye shooting, Luke Loucks did a fine job of separating himself from the pack of the nation's point guards last weekend in Virginia.
The 6-foot-4, 192-pound floor general from Clearwater (Fla.) High School was one of the bright spots for Nike Team Florida as he mixed it all together on the offensive side of the ball. His play kept his squad in tight games and his sharp shooting helped his team climb out of some big holes.
Loucks, a four-star prospect in the class of 2008, is quickly emerging as a must get guy for the high-majors in a point guard thin talent pool. It makes sense that his list is ever growing, and changing, as he heads into the spring evaluation period.
Central Florida (offer), Florida State (offer), Georgia Tech (offer), Michigan, Minnesota, Ole Miss (offer), St. Joseph's (offer) and West Virginia are all involved.
Loucks visited Central Florida, where his brother is on the basketball team, and will make a trip to Georgia Tech on Monday. The Jackets are the latest high-major school to pony up with a scholarship offer.
"Coach (Paul) Hewitt came down with his assistant, Coach (Peter) Zaharis, and that went really well," Loucks said.
Once considering West Virginia, Loucks is now looking at Michigan because of the connection he has made with John Beilein and his style of play.
"There is definitely a connection because his whole system is what I like to run," Loucks said. "I didn't necessarily like West Virginia by itself; I liked his system more than anything. He just happened to be there. He came after me because I fit his system. That's why I'm now interested in Michigan."
The same can be said about Minnesota.
"Now that Tubby Smith is there and my family connections there, they are getting involved," Loucks said. "Plus, his son (Saul Smith) recruited me when he was at Tennessee Tech and now that he is at Minnesota, they are recruiting me. I'm going to look to visit up there. I haven't really talked to them about that yet. But all of my family is up there. That would definitely be a place I'd look at if they got in touch with me."
Once thought to have a decision in the spring, Loucks said his time table is flipped upside down.
"I'll probably have something towards the end of May, the end of June," he said. "It needs some more time."