Orchard Lake St. Mary's point guard Kalin Lucas established himself as one of the top players in the 2007 class this summer. His combination of floor generalship a scoring ability have drawn comparisons to former Wake Forest guard Chris Paul, and some of the top programs in the country are have taken notice. Those that got their first glimpse of his abilities on the AAU circuit are just now starting to shift their recruitment of Lucas into high gear. The in-state schools, however, are already in overdrive.
Both Michigan and Michigan State have had Lucas on campus this summer, and both have already extended scholarship offers. His most recent campus visit was one he took to Ann Arbor this past Wednesday in which he and his parents were given their first real taste of what Michigan has to offer. "It was real nice," Lucas said of the visit Wednesday night. "I really liked it today. First, when we got up there we took a tour around the campus. Then we came back and went to the football stadium. Then we came back to see TA (Tommy Amaker). I think my parents liked it a lot. I think they liked what he was talking about. The players were working the camp so I didn't get a chance to talk to any of them."
During the Lucas family's conversation with Amaker, they all got a very clear indication of Michigan's high regard for the star guard's talents. "Coach Amaker was talking about how he really wanted me," Lucas said. "He really thinks that it would be good if I came there and that it would be a good fit for me. From my standpoint, though, I'm not ready to commit early. I think I'll make my decision next year at this time."
Though Lucas wasn't quite ready to make a pledge, Amaker has certainly made a strong impression on the young man. "He's a great guy," Lucas said of Michigan's fifth year headman. "I like Coach Amaker a lot. He's real and he speaks the truth. I like that about him. He's honest and he's a great person."
The Wolverines and Spartans are firmly entrenched in top list of schools that Lucas is currently considering. One team that seemed destined to join them near the top was the Duke Blue Devils. The youngster admittedly grew up loving Coach K's squad, but a lack of interest from Durham (comparatively speaking) has his childhood favorite playing catch up at this early stage. "They haven't offered me yet," Lucas said of Duke. "They sent me a letter, but they aren't showing me that they really want me right now. Things could change. Right now I don't have a top school that I want to go to. Michigan, Michigan State, and Kansas are recruiting me the hardest, but just Michigan and Michigan State have offered me a scholarship. I love Wake Forest too. Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Wake Forest, and Illinois are my top five."
When it comes time to make his decision, there are a few factors that Lucas will strongly consider. The quest to find out how the aforementioned schools stack up with this important criteria has already begun. " I want to go somewhere I can play right off and that is a good fit," he said. "My mom is going to be on me about my grades, so academics will be important too."
With the summer winding down, Lucas is now catching a little R&R. That's a slight switch compared to the last couple years at this time. The star point guard recently decided that his gridiron days are over. "I'm not going to play anymore," Lucas said regarding football. "I gave it up."
GoBlueWolverine will much more on Lucas in the coming months.