Four-star prospect Jai Lucas waited and waited with the purpose of making just the right college choice. But in the ever changing college coaching landscape, Billy Donovan is no longer at Florida, and Lucas is once again in a dilemma as to what to do next.
"Coach Donovan leaving means a lot," said Lucas, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound point guard from Houston Bellaire High School to Rivals.com exclusively. "I'm not in a rush to make a decision on what to do, though. I'll just wait and see who they hire, and then talk to him and see what he has to say. I can't jump to any conclusions right now."
Talk is rampant that former Florida assistant and current VCU head coach Anthony Grant will take over the head job at Florida.
"Anthony Grant is the name that I keep hearing," said Lucas. "I don't know him, but all the recruits have called me and told me that he is a great guy.
"We are just all in a state of disbelief. We were excited about who we were going to play for and where we were going to play, but now everything is up in the air and we are just waiting to see who they hire."
Florida's incoming recruits were not the first to call Lucas, however. A future Wildcat actually dialed him first.
"The first person to call me was Patrick Patterson," said a laughing Lucas. "He said, 'I told you so' and told me to quit playing around and come to Kentucky."
Although Lucas is disappointed that Coach Donovan is headed to the Orlando Magic, he certainly doesn't have any animosity towards the former Florida head coach.
"One of the big minuses in going to Florida was that a great coach like Donovan who has won two straight national championships might get a NBA offer he can't refuse. You can't say no to 28 million dollars. I would expect him to leave for an offer like that. You can be upset, but you can't be mad."
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