Jai Lucas Transfering to Texas

    
December 29th, 2008

The Story: Jai Lucas, former Florida Gator guard, says he will transfer to Texas, and will be eligible beginning next season. After one exhibition game this season, Lucas decided to leave Florida. He had started all 36 games as a freshman. He was named to the SEC all-freshman team after averaging 8.5 points per game and leading the Gators in 3-point shooting last year. Florida coach Billy Donovan said last month that Lucas had wanted to play the point, which was already secured by Nick Calathes. Lucas told a Houston television station KRIV that he chose Texas over Rice and Baylor. "Texas has always been my dream school. I always wanted to go there," he said. "I hope I can come in and contribute and be a part of something big." Lucas will have to sit out the remainder of the season before becoming eligible to play.

 

Ryter’s Block: I think that this move by Lucas will improve Texas. Senior sensation A.J. Abrams will be gone after this season and may be accompanied by junior Damion James. Lucas will fill some of the scoring void that these two leave, however there is an emphasis on some of that void. Lucas, who wants to play point, may play more off the ball at Texas than he’d like. If he accepts that role he could be a good compliment to Dogus Balbay, who is more of a pass first guard, and returning point Justin Mason. Texas also has 3 ESPNU top 100 recruits coming in next season. Scouts believe that in-coming freshman Avery Bradley has the tools to become the Horns next big time scorer. I see Lucas being an energy guy, which every team needs. With that said, if he was unhappy at Florida because of his role, I am not sure that he will be completely happy here either. Florida’s Nick Calathes is much more of a shooter then the aforementioned Texas point Balbay and that may suit Lucas’ needs.

 

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