Surprise visitor (UPDATED)

As recently as a few days ago, it looked as if Portland (OR) Westview power forward Landen Lucas was done taking official visits and down to four schools - California, Stanford, Tennessee and Washington. However, Wednesday night Scout.com's Inna Lazarev broke the news of a last-minute official to Kansas - a program with which the big man is already well-familiar.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Lucas told Lazarev he would make an official visit to Kansas, leaving for the Sunflower State bright and early Thursday morning.

It won't be his first trip to the Lawrence, Kan. campus, as Lucas visited unofficially in mid-June to take part in Head Coach Bill Self's Elite Camp.

"Everything they do is just big time out here as far as Kansas basketball goes, and I feel like I could really fit in," he said, after the unofficial. "Especially talking to Coach (Danny) Manning and how he coaches the bigs."

"Coming into it, I didn't know what to expect," he later added. "And coming out I definitely know why people love it so much."

Lucas has expressed a desire to decide before the Nov. 16 conclusion of the fall signing period.

UPDATE - 10 p.m.

Phog.net spoke to Lucas about the Jayhawks' recruitment of him Wednesday night.

With the unofficial already under his belt, the big man is hoping to get the chance to look at things through a different perspective during his upcoming official.

"Back then it was more just going to kind of go and check it out," Lucas explained. "Now it's more 'Do I see myself here?' I'm really going to go through it as if I was a student there."

Though he has long maintained interest in the Jayhawks - the program made his initial cut to seven schools - he moved on once it appeared as if Kansas would land Kaleb Tarczewski.

When Tarczewski chose Arizona, the window of opportunity in Lawrence, Kan. opened once more. Lucas has since received a scholarship offer from Kansas, and spoke with Self on Tuesday night.

That the Jayhawks are receiving an official visit late in the game is indicative of his level of interest.

"Pretty much there's not going to be a school that I was going to add to that final four unless there was serious interesting in them," Lucas said. "And I have serious interest in them."

Additionally, he is now "99-percent" sure he will make his college decision by the beginning of next week.


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