Jai Lucas is a Longhorn

Former Houston Bellaire and Florida point guard Jai Lucas will transfer to Texas after announcing his decision on a radio show in Houston. The 5-10 floor general, who announced his intentions to leave Florida on November 5, started 36 games as a freshman for the Gators and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and played in the Gators exhibition opener on November 3 before deciding to transfer.

Jai Lucas is ready for the next step in his life. The former Houston Bellaire and Florida Gators point guard announced Sunday night at 9:15pm on a local Houston radio show hosted by Jim Hicks of RCS Sports that he will enroll at Texas in January and play for the Longhorns.

Since receiving his official release from Florida in November, more than 25 programs have shown interest in the former Houston area star. Schools mentioned on an initial transfer list included Texas, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Baylor, Rice and Stanford among others.

In the last four days, the Longhorns became the clear favorite to land Lucas with other in-state schools of interest being Baylor and Rice.

In Lucas, the Longhorns are getting a point guard that excels in screen and roll, is a consistent catch and shoot player from three-point range and point guard that understands pace, floor spacing and timing getting the ball to his teammates.

"Texas has always been a dream school," Jai Lucas told Jim Hicks on a Houston radio show. "I feel it is the right place for me. Their style of play fits perfectly with how I play the game," added Lucas.

Lucas will be eligible to play for the Longhorns in December 2009.

The son of former NBA star John Lucas started all 36 games as a freshman for the Gators earning SEC All-Freshman team honors after averaging 8.5 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30-minutes per game. Lucas committed just 58 turnovers in 1,085 minutes.

The 5-10 point guard led the Gators in three-point percentage at 43.5% (37-85) and scored a career-high 19 points in Florida's SEC opener at Alabama. He dished out a career-high five assists against LSU.

In addition to shooting 43.5% from long range, Lucas converted 46.0% of his field goal attempts (109-237) and 71.4% (50-70) of his free throw attempts for a Florida team that advanced to the semifinals of the postseason NIT.

Lucas enjoyed a standout career at Bellaire High. Lucas was a three time 21-5A Player of the Year. He averaged 23.2 points and 6.1 assists as a junior and 26.3 points and 7.5 assists as a senior. After his senior season, the crafty offensive player was selected to the 2007 McDonald's All-American game, Jordan Brand Classic and the prestigious Parade All-American team.

Lucas was ranked the #45 prospect in the 2007 class coming out of Bellaire High. He made official visits to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Maryland and Florida before deciding on the Gators in the spring.


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