Jai Lucas to transfer
Sophomore guard Jai Lucas has decided it's in his best interest to find somewhere else to play basketball.
Lucas and his mother met with Florida coach Billy Donovan today, then made the decision.
"We got a little bit of bad news today with Jai Lucas,'' Donovan said. "He’s decided to transfer. We had the chance to sit down (Wednesday morning) and I had a chance to meet with his mom, too. I feel bad because Jai’s a great kid, he’s got a great family and I think any time a player leaves your program you’re always disappointed. But at the same point I think there was a point where Jai wasn’t totally happy and wanted to try to make it work. And I think there’s probably a lot of contributing factors. One is being far away from home, and not feeling like it’s the best fit for him is how he put it.''
Lucas started all 36 games as a freshman last season, averaging 8.5 points and 2.2 assists per game, and was again scheduled to be a starter.
The son of former NBA player John Lucas, Jai was a McDonald's and Parade All-American who averaged 26.3 points and 7.5 assists at Bellaire (Texas) High.
But the Gators brought in four new players this season who can play the guard position, including Brooklyn native Erving Walker who had 13 points and six assists in an exhibition win over Warner Monday night. And with last week's announcement that prep superstar Kenny Boynton plans to attend Florida next year, the guard position is quickly becoming highly-competitive, and Lucas' role was ever-changing.
"He just wants to get into a situation he feels is a little bit better for him,'' Donovan said.