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DRE'-MAC
12-29-2008, 12:48 AM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/6184781.html

Former Bellaire basketball standout Jai Lucas said Sunday night he will transfer to Texas.

Lucas, the son of former NBA player John Lucas, left the Florida program in early November after only one season. The 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 8.5 points and led the Gators in 3-point shooting while starting all 36 games as a freshman.

At the time of his transfer, Lucas described Florida as “not the best fit" for him because the Gators were using him more off the ball rather than as a point guard. Lucas, a McDonald’s All-American at Bellaire, also wanted to play closer to home.

Lucas picked the Longhorns over Rice and Baylor.

The paperwork for the transfer is expected to be completed this week, at which time Lucas will be allowed to practice with the Longhorns. He will enroll in school for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 20.

A player must sit out a season after leaving a program, according to NCAA transfer rules, which would make Lucas eligible to play for the Longhorns during the 2009-10 season. Lucas must await notification from the NCAA if sitting out this season will satisfy that requirement. Otherwise, Lucas would have to wait until the 2010-11 season to play at Texas.

The addition of Lucas fills a big hole for the Longhorns, who lost All-American D.J. Augustin to the NBA after last season. Junior Justin Mason has been playing point guard this season, and the Longhorns also have sophomore Dogus Balbay and true freshman Varez Ward as options at the position as well.

The Longhorns signed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in November, which included top-10 prospects forward Jordan Hamilton and shooting guard Avery Bradley; and forward Shawn Williams.

Texas coach Rick Barnes is not permitted to comment on Lucas until the paperwork has been processed.




Perfect for Texas. They need a point guard since DJ Augustin left.

SidTheKid
12-29-2008, 12:55 AM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/6184781.html

Former Bellaire basketball standout Jai Lucas said Sunday night he will transfer to Texas.

Lucas, the son of former NBA player John Lucas, left the Florida program in early November after only one season. The 5-foot-11 point guard averaged 8.5 points and led the Gators in 3-point shooting while starting all 36 games as a freshman.

At the time of his transfer, Lucas described Florida as “not the best fit" for him because the Gators were using him more off the ball rather than as a point guard. Lucas, a McDonald’s All-American at Bellaire, also wanted to play closer to home.

Lucas picked the Longhorns over Rice and Baylor.

The paperwork for the transfer is expected to be completed this week, at which time Lucas will be allowed to practice with the Longhorns. He will enroll in school for the spring semester, which begins Jan. 20.

A player must sit out a season after leaving a program, according to NCAA transfer rules, which would make Lucas eligible to play for the Longhorns during the 2009-10 season. Lucas must await notification from the NCAA if sitting out this season will satisfy that requirement. Otherwise, Lucas would have to wait until the 2010-11 season to play at Texas.

The addition of Lucas fills a big hole for the Longhorns, who lost All-American D.J. Augustin to the NBA after last season. Junior Justin Mason has been playing point guard this season, and the Longhorns also have sophomore Dogus Balbay and true freshman Varez Ward as options at the position as well.

The Longhorns signed one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in November, which included top-10 prospects forward Jordan Hamilton and shooting guard Avery Bradley; and forward Shawn Williams.

Texas coach Rick Barnes is not permitted to comment on Lucas until the paperwork has been processed.




Perfect for Texas. They need a point guard since DJ Augustin left.

I remember him being highly touted out of high school and I suspect a change of scenery will do him good and possibly get his career moving in the right direction.

DRE'-MAC
12-29-2008, 03:23 AM
If they allow Jai to play next year Texas could have a pretty deadly team.

C Dexter Pittman/Clint Chapman
PF Gary Johnson/Alexis Wangmene/Matt Hill
SF Damion James/Jordan Hamilton/Shawn Williams
SG Justin Mason/Avery Bradley/Harrison Smith
PG Jai Lucas/Varez Wared/Dogus Balbay

Its no UNC but Damion James could be up for Player of the year, Jai is good point guard, Justin Mason is a good scorer and defender, Dexter has been great down low but needs a little improvement on defense, Gary Johnson is undersized but can score and rebound ridiculously well, and Jordan Hamilton and Avery Bradley are both top 10 recruits

Catfish1314
12-29-2008, 03:50 AM
I wish him luck but from what I saw from him last season (and I saw most), he's nothing too special. I'm not sure what he meant by playing more off the ball because he actually handled the ball almost as much as Calathes when he was at Florida. And he's not nearly as good as Calathes.

He shoots a high clip, doesn't commit many turnovers, and handles the ball very well. On the flip side, he's basically a liability on defense due to his size and he's not nearly as quick as he needs to be if he wants to do anything in the pros. I think he can be a pretty solid PG for Texas though. A less shooting, more passing Taurean Green type. Having a guy like that can't hurt.

Wake's Fastball
12-29-2008, 05:42 PM
If they allow Jai to play next year Texas could have a pretty deadly team.

C Dexter Pittman/Clint Chapman
PF Gary Johnson/Alexis Wangmene/Matt Hill
SF Damion James/Jordan Hamilton/Shawn Williams
SG Justin Mason/Avery Bradley/Harrison Smith
PG Jai Lucas/Varez Wared/Dogus Balbay

Its no UNC but Damion James could be up for Player of the year, Jai is good point guard, Justin Mason is a good scorer and defender, Dexter has been great down low but needs a little improvement on defense, Gary Johnson is undersized but can score and rebound ridiculously well, and Jordan Hamilton and Avery Bradley are both top 10 recruits

I can't imagine Damion James sticks around another year... this upcoming season is as likely as high as he could get drafted.

JHG722
12-30-2008, 01:35 AM
I think we'll survive...