Former Gator Is Eyeing TCU!

BigPurpleNation.com has learned that Jai Lucas, former starting guard at the University of Florida, has asked his transcripts be sent to TCU. Last week the sophomore announced he would be transferring from Florida after the fall semester. Lucas, who started every game for the Gators last season, averaged 8.5 ppg. as a freshman.

BigPurpleNation.com has learned that Jai Lucas, former starting guard at the University of Florida, has asked his transcripts be sent to TCU. Last week the sophomore announced he would be transferring from Florida after the fall semester. Lucas, who started every game for the Gators last season, averaged 8.5 ppg. as a freshman.

According to Lucas' mother, TCU is among five to six schools that he is considering transferring to.

"TCU is one of the schools that he wanted Florida to release his transcripts to," stated Lucas' mom. "It is one of the schools he is considering."

If Lucas' mom has any say in the decision, TCU will be one of the top choices.

"We'll it is close. I could drive there in no time."

An All-American high school point guard at Bellaire Texas, Lucas was Scout.com's 7th rated point guard in the 2007 recruiting class. In high school, he averaged over 26 points a game with 6 assists and chose Florida over offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.

Contrary to reports that Lucas' main decision to transfer was his role in the Gator's system, Lucas' mother told BigPurpleNation.com on Monday night that he really wanted to be closer to home.

"The main thing is that he wants to be closer to home. I think Florida was just a little to far for him. It was hard for us to get to him…. My husband had told him that ‘if you go to this school it's going to hard for us to get to, remember Jai this is going to be a good ways from home.' It turned out to be exactly what his father said."

Lucas' father is no stranger to the basketball court as well. John Lucas played 14 seasons in the NBA, averaging 10.7 points a game for 6 different NBA clubs.

Jai, who started in Florida's first exhibition game this season, will now wait and take a long look before making a decision.

"It's something you don't really plan," Lucas told KRIV-TV in Houston. "Sometimes you have to do things you don't want to do, but it will be best for me in the long run…I am wide open. I have nothing but time, so there is no real rush."

Last week, Florida coach Billy Donovan met with the media to discuss Lucas' transfer. FightinGators.com, part of the Scout.com network, was on hand to get Donovan's reaction.

"He's got a great family, he's a great kid…I hate to see him go," Donovan said. "My biggest focus for him is I want to see him be happy wherever he goes. We haven't even talked about schools and where he's going to go. Right now it looks like he's going to stay here for the rest of the semester. He can come in here and use our practice facility, use our strength coaches and our academic adviser, but he's not going to practice today and he's not going to play (Thursday). Right now, he's going to look at his options and we'll give him his release a try and try to help him pursue whatever opportunities he wants to pursue going forward."

Lucas, who has played his entire life at the point guard position, had recently started to see competition for playing time from sophomore Nick Calathes and freshman Erving Walker. Donovan's early plans had Lucas playing off the ball more.

"He understands my responsibility is I've got to try to make decisions to put the team in the best position I think for us to be the best we can be," said Donovan. "We were using him a little bit off the ball. I don't think he was mad about that, it was more ‘I don't know if I want to play over there that much.'"

Lucas, once eligible, could make an immediate impact for Coach Christian's Frogs. TCU fans are excited about the possibility of having Kavon Rose, Ronnie Moss, and Jai Lucas down the road splitting time at guard position. BigPurpleNation.com will have more on Lucas' decision in the weeks to follow.


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