West Coast Standout Hearing from Vanderbilt

Landen Lucas of Sunset (OR) has a chance to develop into an upper-echelon big man in the class of 2012. A 6'8, 240-pounder with a wingspan over just over 7-feet, Lucas was one of just several post players in his class at NBPA Top 100 Camp.

Lucas did not put up gaudy numbers while at the University of Virginia for the event, but he did average a solid 4.0 points per game, with a single game high of 10. In addition, Lucas did a good job of rebounding the basketball.

Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Gonzaga, Texas, Kansas, Florida, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, Arizona State, and Arizona are the schools that Lucas said are recruiting him. He claims offers from Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, USC, Georgetown, Arizona State, and Arizona. Lucas has no favorites as of now, but does plan on trimming his list down shortly.

"I'm gonna narrow it down after the summer to five or ten, under 10," he said. "I'll have my decision likely before my senior season because I wanna enjoy senior year and know where I'm going."

"I haven't sat down and talked about the plusses and minuses, just haven't sat and gathered information. When we do, I'll be able to start narrowing it down a lot," added Lucas. Despite the fact that Lucas is on the opposite side of the country from Vanderbilt, the Commodores will not have to worry, as the big man says location will not be an issue.

"No, I'm just gonna go and pick a school that fits me the most," he said. "Location is a zero factor for me. I'm willing to go as far as it takes for me to succeed and I have family all over, so that's not a problem."

Coaches were able to start calling Lucas and fellow 2012 prospects directly on June 15th, and while he received a number of calls, he has not had a chance to return many of them.

"They could start calling and left messages. I haven't had a chance to call back. Hopefully when I call back they'll have offers," Lucas said.

Lucas talked about his thoughts on the Vanderbilt program, including when the contact began and what he likes about the school "They called my freshman season, called my high school coach, called a couple of times," Lucas said. "They called me for the first time [the other day]. I haven't called back yet. I will call. I've seen them play a few times and they've got a guy from Oregon out there, Brad Tinsley. My mom is a teacher, so we are big into academics. If it fits my style of play I'd be happy to go there."

As for which coach from the SEC school has been recruiting him, Lucas remarked, "I just received the head coach's number. I'm gonna call back, but right now Coach King Rice [has been recruiting me]. He called, [and we are] gonna stay in touch, talk to both."

"I like to focus on rebounding and passing, and I'm not afraid to guard any center, so probably my defense," said Lucas of the foremost strengths of his game. He added, "I'm working on timing with my blocks, working on getting that second jump [because I] . . .was 170 pounds and now I'm 240. [I need to work on my] timing. Last year as I was averaging a lot of blocks."

Did Lucas try to add 70 pounds? "I was hoping to get to this weight, it's just managing it," he said. "If I can be 250 going into college, I'll be good to go."

Still young, Landen Lucas showed at NBPA Top 100 Camp that he has a bright future ahead of him. It is a future that Vanderbilt hopes to be a part of.

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