More on Lucas


Had a chance to finally catch up with John Lucas, the former NBA
point guard/coach and father of recent Florida transfer Jai Lucas.

The elder Lucas re-iterated that handling the ball more was an issue and that his son also was homesick.

“I think over the summer he felt it a lot, wanting to be home more and closer to his family,” John said.

John Lucas said he’s received several calls, including from Big
12 Conference schools Oklahoma, Texas and Baylor and SEC schools
Arkansas and LSU.

“We’re in no rush,” he said. “The main thing is for Jai to finish
his semester. He’s a 3.7 student. He’s done very well academically. And
he wants to go to a situation where the ball will be in his hands.”

John Lucas also said that while he will look into trying to
regain Jai’s sophomore season of eligibility, it’s not a pressing
concern. By playing in an exhibition game against Warner University,
Jai is classified by the NCAA as having played at a Division I school
as a sophomore.

“That’s not a priority,” Lucas The main thing is for my son to
be happy. He’ll still have two years. He’s a four-year student.”

The situation may have helped another former Gainesville-area
prep basketball standout. When Florida coach Billy Donovan told former
UF assistant and Virginia Commonwealth coach Anthony Grant about Lucas’
situation, Grant confronted former P.K. Yonge standout guard Myk Brown.
Because Grant knew that Brown was thinking about transferring because
of playing time issues, Grant held Brown out of VCU’s preseason opener.

Brown announced Thursday that he is transferring, leaving his sophomore year intact.