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.
Former Florida guard Jai Lucas is headed to Texas.
“Texas has always been my dream school. I always wanted to go there,” Lucas said, according to the AP. “I hope I can come in and contribute and be a part of something big.”
Lucas, the son of former NBA player John Lucas, said Texas coach Rick Barnes was a major factor in his decision. He chose Texas over Rice and Baylor.
“I like his coaching style and the way he develops point guards,” Lucas said. “It’s hard to say no to that.”
At Florida, Lucas averaged 8.5 points, led the Gators in 3-point shooting and was named to the SEC all-freshman team. Gators coach Billy Donovan said last month that Lucas wanted to play the point, a spot Nick Calathes has secured. Instead, Lucas was relegated mostly to shooting guard.
Lucas will have to sit out a season before becoming eligible to play.
(Photo courtesy gatorsports.com)
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.