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Lucas makes his decision: Florida
Oklahoma State misses on All-American point guard

By Andrea Cohen Published: May 15, 2007
Oklahoma State fans received a blow they had been bracing for when Jai Lucas announced Monday that he will play basketball at Florida.

Lucas, a point guard prospect who was strongly connected to Oklahoma State through his former-Cowboy brother, once seemed a sure-thing for OSU. But as time passed and the class of 2007 signed the 5-foot-9 guard — undoubtedly advised by his basketball-savvy family (father John is a former NBA player and coach) — did not commit.

The longer Lucas waited, the more his stock went up. If he takes economics at Florida, the rules of supply and demand should come natural to the McDonald‘s All-American. In the end, Lucas was the best point guard left when the best team in the country realized it needed a point guard.

"(Florida has) lost almost their whole team, mainly the point guard position, Taurean Green," Lucas said, talking about the Gators' guard who declared for the NBA Draft and hired an agent last weekend.

Which left Oklahoma State, well, out of luck. Lucas would have been the icing on what was already a strong recruiting class for OSU, and he would have strengthened a position that was a weak at times last season.

Instead, the Cowboys will enter the preseason with the same point guard they had last year. Byron Eaton, a McDonald's All-American himself, showed flashes of inspired play but also struggled at times last season. At the least, Lucas would have been a much-needed backup for Eaton, who will be a junior.

As much as OSU wanted Lucas — sources said coach Sean Sutton spoke to Lucas as recently as Sunday — Lucas' decision didn't leave the Cowboys with a scholarship waving in the wind.

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