Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Jai Lucas knows Kentucky’s point guard situation is unsettled and is considering that legendary program as his next destination after announcing he was leaving Florida.
“You can obviously watch the [Kentucky-North Carolina] game and see where a point guard would help a little bit,” Lucas told KentuckySports.com. “They’re capable of being a good team. They’re missing that, you know, piece right now.”
He added: “It makes you think because that’s exactly something I’m looking for.”
Lucas is back home in Houston for Thanksgiving and plans to visit Rice, Texas A&M and Texas, the Website reported. He is also reportedly considering Arkansas and Kentucky.
He is not transferring to Miami despite the fact that a Rivals site indicated he was.
“I haven’t talked to nobody from there,” Lucas told PalmBeachPost.com. A source within the Miami program also confirmed Lucas was not transferring there.
Lucas appears to have parted ways with Florida on a positive note.
“Everything is fine,” Lucas said. “It’s still like a love relationship.”
Florida coach Billy Donovan, whose team meets Syracuse tonight in Kansas City, said he had no intention of preventing Lucas from going anywhere in particular.
“I’ve never been a big believer of preventing somebody from going to whatever school,” Donovan said in a blog by Gainesville Sun sportswriter Kevin Brockway. “Now if it was something I felt like that tampering was going on or maybe something to do with maybe the kid wanting to leave, then maybe I’d say that school was off limits. But Jai is free to go anywhere he wants to go to school. I think you only have so many years to play in college. He’s a good kid. He worked hard for me. He represented the school the right way.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.