Jai Lucas Sets Three Officials

College basketball is what the Lucas Family does. With a father who played at Maryland and coached in the NBA to a brother that led Oklahoma State to the Final Four, ball is in Jai Lucas' blood. Now it's his turn to make a decision.

The Lucas Family is the present gold standard for point guard play. Nobody cranks out high-major points at the rate the Lucas tribe does. Dad went to Maryland and starred in the NBA. Older brother put Oklahoma State into the Final Four and now is a Rocket.

What about Jai Lucas? Well, he's a Top 50 prospect who is considering Kentucky, Oklahoma, Maryland and Oklahoma State. Not too shabby. Did we mention he took over at Nike Camp and was the most impressive lead guard there? All this wrapped in a 5-foot-9 frame!

OK, so how in the world does a school impress a high school senior whose life has been anything but standard to this point? "That's the hardest part about recruiting," Lucas said. "People come to me and say they have these planes and facilities but my dad's been in the NBA and I've seen stuff 10 times better than that. What amazes me is the way (colleges) play and the coaching staff. That's what amazes me; it's about how it fit into the basketball program."

Currently, Lucas is fitting teams into his schedule. By the standards set by the Class of 2007, Scout.com's No. 46 prospect taking his good old time. He hasn't even taken an official visit. He starts that part of the process on Midnight Madness when he's scheduled to be in Lexington for a visit with the Wildcats.

Oklahoma follows Kentucky the very next weekend and Maryland will be his third consecutive trip. Jai's father was recruited by "The Lefthander" and Lefty's son Chuck is an assistant on the Terrapins staff now.

Then there's Oklahoma State. Lucas has been there a bunch and doesn't have a visit date set up but the Cowboys are in the mix.

Right now, Jai can't tell who he favors. "Everybody's been pretty good so far." Everyone but UK has been in for an in-home but the Wildcats are on the docket. "I have one Sunday because Kentucky was supposed to come (Wednesday) but Tubby Smith pushed it back."

Ah, Kentucky. The Wildcats would love nothing more than to score the daily double and pair Lucas up with Patrick Patterson, a power forward out of West Virginia currently ranked No. 11 by Scout.com. The two became close over the summer, a common spin off of spending a lot of time together at various camps.

"It first started at NBA Camp," Lucas said. "We really became friends off the court and it came over to Nike Camp and Skills Academy. We wanted to see if we could play in college somewhere if we could. We don't have many schools in common except for one. If it happens, great, if it doesn't it will still be good."

LSU was once considered to be in great shape with Jai but the communication lines faltered and he's no longer considering the Tigers. "I guess they wanted to go a different direction. We haven't talked to them and they haven't been in for a visit. I really liked them but they stopped calling."

Lucas, since he knows more than the average kid about the recruiting situation and has a family background in the game, could be the exception to the rule. He might not sign early and there's no panic in waiting late. He's a commodity with regal ties to the game.

"That's what I'm undecided about. Me, my parents and my brother and my sister have talked about it. Right now I'm not ready to do anything and that's why I scheduled the visits late. If I like it I could (decide) in November."

Lucas is pretty much only sure of one thing right now: he's not ready to decide even if he had to today. "I couldn't do it. Some of the schools that I'm looking at, I haven't been on campus yet. But, I could probably answer that question after Sunday. By then I'll have talked to all the top schools that I'll be looking at."

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