2007 Intro: Kalin Lucas

It's fair to say a big in-state battle will likely be waged for the services of junior floor leader Kalin Lucas. However, the smooth point guard will likely get plenty of attention from outside of Michigan when it's all said and done.

Kalin Lucas has heard it often lately. His teammates call him "CP" and it's started to catch on.

It's because the 6-foot, 165-pound junior point guard at Orchard Park St. Mary's (Mich.) exhibits many of the same traits as former Wake Forest floor leader Chris Paul both on and off the court.

It starts with the poise. Lucas, like Paul, also makes his teammates better – and can also score.

``It's really an honor for anyone to put my name in the same sentence as his," Lucas said.

Lucas, 16, averaged 22 points and six assists last season – but he really made his name this spring and summer while playing with the under-16 The Family squad and at the Nike Hoop Jamboree.

``I think it was at the younger Nike Camp," Lucas said. "Then I hurt my tailbone at the Nike All-American Camp and tried to play the night of the second day, but I couldn't go and sat out the rest of the camp."

Not a big deal. Lucas did enough to warrant a No. 23 ranking in the Class of 2007.

``He always had the ability, but he was a little weak in the past to do things against bigger and stronger players," Orchard Lake St. Mary's coach George Porritt said. "But now he's gotten stronger – and the one thing he's had since his freshman year is poise."

``The best thing about him is the team quality," added Porritt. "He makes sure all of his teammates feel wanted. He takes care of the less talented guys and that's a unique quality that's special. In practice, he works with the guys who don't get a lot of playing time and helps them in a positive way. He really lets them know they're a big part of the team."

Lucas doesn't knock down the perimeter shot with the same consistency as Paul, but he's got a nice mid-range jumper and also does a good job pushing the ball up the court.

For now, there are offers from Michigan and Michigan State – and the pair of in-state schools, along with Kansas – comprise his current list of favorites. However, he said he'd like to receive some interest from Wake Forest – primarily because of Paul.

``I want to go somewhere I can play right off," said Lucas, who has a 3.0 GPA. "That's big, and so is my relationship with the coaches."

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