Terps Make Big Impact on Lucas

As if there existed any doubt that Jai Lucas is the No. 1 recruit on the board for the Maryland coaching staff, the Terps drove the point home Saturday, when head coach Gary Williams and assistants Chuck Driesell and Michael Adams all flew to Houston for an in-home visit.

"It went great," Lucas said, a day later still gushing about the three-hour visit, during which the staff laid its vision for the highly sought 5-foot-10 point guard.

"They talked to me about the school, the academics and the basketball program, and if I come into the program what I would so," he said.

"Coach told me that they have two freshman guards [Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez] and that if I come there would be a lot of three-guard sets on offense. Coach feels that those two players can really shoot the ball and that I can get them the ball. He said Maryland would go back to beingone of the top scoring teams in the country," Lucas said.

"It sounds great to me," he continued. "To be able to come and and contribuet and get playing time right away, every player wants to hear that.

Lucas' father, as everyone knows, is Terp legen John Lucas. The elder Lucas and the rest of the family sat in on the meeting. His son, who hadn't spent much one-on-one time with Williams during his unofficial visit to College Park, was struck by how affable the coach is compared to his ultra-intense sideline demeanor.

"Maryland walked away with a big impact on my famliy," Jai said.

Lucas, the seventh-ranked point guard in the Class of 2008 and No. 46 player overall, is maintaining a list of Maryland, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU. Oklahoma was set to make an in-home visit today (Sunday), and Lucas will visit Kentucky for its Midnight Madness event and trip to Maryland for the Florida State game Oct. 28.

He said he doesn't have a favorite choice, per se, among the five schools, and plans to take all of his visits before committing. But he did add, "I think if something just hits me and it just feels right, I might go ahead and do it."

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