December 28, 2008

Horns pick up a PG for the future

The departure of All-America point guard D.J. Augustin, the Texas Longhorns have been searching high and low for a true replacement at perhaps the most important position on the court.

With the commitments of five-stars Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton, along with four-star wing Shawn Williams, in the 2008-09 recruiting class, the pieces appear to be in place for the Longhorns to make a serious run at a national championship beyond this season.

If there was final piece of the puzzle that needed to be added, it was at the point guard position and on Sunday night the Longhorns addressed their needs in a big way when former Florida starting point guard Jai Lucas announced his intentions to transfer to Texas.

"Texas has always been my dream school," Lucas told Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com. "With the situation at hand, I can contribute there and be a part of something great, try to win a national championship."

The 5-11, 155-pound Lucas announced in November that he was leaving the Gators program after averaging 8.5 points and 2.3 assists in 36 starts last season.

Although he was a season-long starter for the Gators last season at point guard, he has lost the starting spot to Nick Calathes in training camp and was competing with several players for playing time at the two-guard position.

Lucas plans to enroll at Texas this semester, which means that he will have to sit the rest of this season out, but will be eligible to play for the Longhorns during the 2009-2010 season.

If there's one thing that we know for sure about Lucas' game right now, it's the fact that he can score. During his time with the Gators, Lucas shot 46.0 percent from the floor, 43.5 percent from three-point land and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.

As a prep player at Houston Bellaire Academy, Lucas earned McDonald All-America honors after averaging 26.3 points and 7.5 assists per game.

Lucas' father, John, is a former NBA star for the Houston Rockets and has been a head coach at that level on three different occasions. Meanwhile, his brother (John Lucas III) was a standout for Oklahoma State and help lead the Cowboys to the Final Four in 2004.

Note: Stay tuned for more on the news of Lucas' commitment to Texas.


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