The recruiting rumor of the weekend was that Jai Lucas, the No. 41 ranked prospect in the class of 2007, had committed to LSU. Turns out that Lucas did not make a commitment, but the 5-foot-10, 155-pound point guard from Bellaire High School in Houston, does have LSU in his top three.
"No, that's not true," said Lucas, when asked about the reported commitment to LSU. "I took an unofficial visit there for the Kentucky game, and they told me they have a spot for me.
"I have also taken visits to Oklahoma State and Kentucky. I've been talking some with UConn recently, also. But the main three right now are LSU, Oklahoma State and Kentucky."
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Besides the offer from LSU, Lucas also has offers from Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Clemson, Baylor, Texas and Texas A&M.
Although his unofficial visits did not produce a leader in his recruitment, the visits did provide plenty of insight for Lucas.
"I got a chance to see how the coaches react in game situations," he said. "I got a feel for the atmosphere, and I had a chance to see how the players reacted to each other. I was able to see if they are close and really get along together."
In no hurry to make a decision, Lucas plans to choose a college after playing on the AAU circuit this summer with the Houston Hoops.
Always at work on his game, Lucas is taking full advantage of working with high caliber players that train with his father John Lucas.
"I'm on my way to a workout right now," said Lucas on Sunday night. "I'm getting a lot of work in and have been going against some bigger guards. I'm getting stronger and playing against guys like Jay Williams, Daniel Gibson and Chris McCray is really helping."
Lucas is coming off a strong junior season, averaging 23 points and 6 assists while shooting 45 percent from three and leading the city of Houston in free throw percentage.
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 very good shooter from three, Lucas can also score with floaters and runners in the lane. Adept at pushing the tempo and playing fast with the ball, Lucas does need to get stronger and improve his left hand.