It starts with the poise. Lucas, like Paul, also makes his teammates better – and can also score.
``It's really an honor for anyone to put my name in the same sentence as his," Lucas said.
Lucas, 16, averaged 22 points and six assists last season – but he really made his name this spring and summer while playing with the under-16 The Family squad and at the Nike Hoop Jamboree.
``I think it was at the younger Nike Camp," Lucas said. "Then I hurt my tailbone at the Nike All-American Camp and tried to play the night of the second day, but I couldn't go and sat out the rest of the camp."
Not a big deal. Lucas did enough to warrant a No. 23 ranking in the Class of 2007.
``He always had the ability, but he was a little weak in the past to do things against bigger and stronger players," Orchard Lake St. Mary's coach George Porritt said. "But now he's gotten stronger – and the one thing he's had since his freshman year is poise."
``The best thing about him is the team quality," added Porritt. "He makes sure all of his teammates feel wanted. He takes care of the less talented guys and that's a unique quality that's special. In practice, he works with the guys who don't get a lot of playing time and helps them in a positive way. He really lets them know they're a big part of the team."
Lucas doesn't knock down the perimeter shot with the same consistency as Paul, but he's got a nice mid-range jumper and also does a good job pushing the ball up the court.
For now, there are offers from Michigan and Michigan State – and the pair of in-state schools, along with Kansas – comprise his current list of favorites. However, he said he'd like to receive some interest from Wake Forest – primarily because of Paul.
``I want to go somewhere I can play right off," said Lucas, who has a 3.0 GPA. "That's big, and so is my relationship with the coaches."