During day one at the Nike Memorial Day Classic, Jai Lucas and his Houston Hoops team won both of their games, but it wasn't easy. Especially considering their 5-10, 145-pound PG had troubles getting into the flow of the game.
"Horrible, my whole day was horrible," he said Saturday evening. "I couldn't hit a shot and nothing was falling it was just a bad day."
Lucas' second day in Nashville was much different as he played great team basketball all day and proved why he's being recruited by high major coaches from across the country. He showed off his lightening quick speed, played under control and shot the ball well all day.
His playoff game against The Family is where Lucas shined the brightest. The Bellaire HS product took over the scoring load for the Hoops and carried his team through regulation and into three overtimes.
While The Family won the game, Lucas made his mark scoring 24 points in a variety of ways. He also hit one of the biggest shots of the Classic, when he drained an off the dribble three with time expiring to send the game into its third overtime.
Lucas said that his play this spring has parlayed into more interest from coaches.
"It's going pretty good and it's starting to pick up a lot recently with the spring coming on and everything," Lucas said about his recruitment. "But it's going pretty well."
According to Lucas Oklahoma State, LSU and Kentucky are the schools recruiting him the hardest. So he broke each school down and explained what he likes about each.
"At LSU I like how John Brady's not afraid to play small guards because people consider me small. It's close to home and I like the style of play."
"Oklahoma State, I know the institute and everything and I know how they play and how everything is run."
"With Kentucky I love Tubby Smith and the SEC. It's big basketball up there."
The next step for Lucas is to begin taking visits. He said he will begin that process when school starts so he can take some officials visits. Oklahoma State, LSU and Kentucky will all receive an official visit and he wants to visit Oklahoma and Cincinnati as well.
"I want to go somewhere where I can play right away and they'll let me do what I can do on the court and they'll let me do it right when I get there."
Lucas lists three he will definitely visit
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