While many at the recent Nike Camp in Indianapolis had their sights set on making big impressions on the college coaches in attendance, Jai Lucas was able to focus on trying and helping his team win. Such is the advantage of being a playmaker on the court who has the advantage of a salesman touting his virtues off the court.
While Jai Lucas led his team to a number of victories during the camp, his father John Lucas, a former NBA coach and player, paced up and down the sidelines, shaking hands with anyone and everyone he could find. Every person within earshot could hear the elder Lucas singing his son's praises and also critiquing where he thought improvement could be made.
However this is simply par for the course for young Jai who said his father has been "coaching me since I left the crib." Lucas said having his father on the sidelines "keeps me motivated and gives me insight other kids don't have.">br?
What is clear is that Lucas's father will play a key role in his recruitment. When asked to name his choices, Jai said, "Kentucky of course. Oklahoma, Oklahoma St and LSU and Maryland has just hopped in there too."
When asked about Kentucky, Lucas was clear. "I love the way it is big basketball. Kentucky is up there with the Dukes and the Carolinas. Everybody is so serious about basketball there and I am from Texas which is a football state and so that would be a great change with everybody being about basketball"
Lucas isn't sure about his time frame for a decision, but it could come anytime. "I would like to take visits, but I may not. I can make my decision with or without the visits."
As to rumors that he has formed a connection with another 2007 recruit, Patrick Patterson, Lucas said, "yeah Pat and I are good friends. We were on the same team that won the championship and we talked about the whole recruiting process and how it would be nice if we did play at the same school." When asked if that school was Kentucky, Lucas smiled and said "maybe, maybe so. I guess maybe that was it."
While Lucas's decision may not yet be clear, what is clear is that he has the desire to take his game to the biggest levels....and wherever that takes him, one can expect his father to be there shouting encouragement/instructions for years to come.
Jai Lucas:"I am ready to play big basketball"
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