Ricky Lucas, a 6-3, 195 pound shooting guard from Herndon H.S. in Herndon, Va., put on a shooting clinic on Wednesday evening at the adidas Big Time Tournament.
Lucas connected on four three pointers on the way to 22 points at the Fairfax Stars advanced to Thursday's playoff action with an easy 70-37 victory over Capistrano Valley at Sierra Vista H.S.
While Lucas doesn't always appear to be playing at full tilt, he's a deceptively explosive player who generally scores within the framework of the game. Even though he typically gets his points during the course of a game, he's unselfish and an alert passer, and Lucas will surprise you with his explosiveness at times.
While he hesitated to name a leader, Lucas said that nearby schools George Mason and George Washington have done the most aggressive jobs recruiting him this summer.
In addition to those two programs, he is also considering Penn State, DePaul, UConn, Rutgers, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Hofstra, Towson and Yale. He has paid unofficial visits to Penn State and GW thus far, with firm offers coming from the Colonials, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and George Mason.
Lucas averaged 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal per game this past season at Montrose Christian H.S. in Maryland. Following the school year, he left Montrose and will play the 2002-2003 season at public school Herndon.
A good student, Lucas said he carries a 3.4 GPA and has scored a 1080 on the SAT. After the ABCD Camp earlier this month, he headed to Las Vegas for the Big Time, and is slated to attend the AAU Nationals in Florida with the Fairfax Stars when their run at the Big Time concludes.
We'll keep you posted on Lucas' play from here and next week in Florida, so stay tuned for more updates as the July evaluation period winds down.