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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

KU coach Bill Self announces signing of Landen Lucas

Kansas recruit Landen Lucas watches the action during the second half on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas recruit Landen Lucas watches the action during the second half on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

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Landen Lucas has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at Kansas, coach Bill Self announced Tuesday. Lucas is the second signee of the day, joining forward Zach Peters.

The top prospect in the state of Oregon and a three-star recruit, the 6-foot-10, 230-pound Lucas began high school career at Sunset High School in Portland, moved to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., last year and is back in Portland at Westview High School for his senior season.

“We’ve known about Landen for a long time. We’ve seen him play a lot and he came to camp this past summer,” Self said. “We definitely have a need for a big guy and he’s big enough that he can defend the five (post) and certainly skilled enough that he can step away from the basket and shoot the basketball. He was obviously highly recruited because his final choices were four other great programs. We’re fortunate he fell in love with this place when he came out here in the summer and we were able to convince him on his official visit this past weekend.”

Last year at Findlay Prep, Lucas averaged 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game.

When asked what impresses him most about Lucas, Self said, "His skill set. He can shoot it. He can pass it. He understands the game like the big guys we’ve had here in the past, such as Sasha (Kaun) and Darnell (Jackson) that really have a great feel on how to play.”

Lucas is the son of former Oregon standout Richard Lucas, who played for the Ducks from 1987-91.

“Landen comes from a basketball family with his dad being a very good player at the University of Oregon,” Self said. “I actually coached against his father when I was an assistant at Oklahoma State. We look forward to having Landen and his mother, Shelly, and father be part of our basketball family. This is a very bright young man that will certainly achieve great things on the court and in the classroom for Kansas.”

Comments

dallasjayhawk10 2 years, 5 months ago

He averaged 6 points and 6 boards a game last year at findlay prep. Is that not a little bit of a red flag?

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hihawk 2 years, 5 months ago

jaybate, are you going to say anything important?

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gchawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Welcome aboard, Landen. Glad to have you in the family.

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jaybate 2 years, 5 months ago

So it seems he has grown and is 6'10".

Good!

We need a 6'10" post and we need one bad.

Multiple schools is scary, because it almost certainly means he won't play next year.

But the fact that he is a plodder does not worry me.

If Hudy can add 6 inches to the Morri's vertical, if she can develop quick feet on Conner Teahan, if she can make a muscle man with quick feet out of Tyrel Reed, Landen Lucas will become get mobile and get up.

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Konkis Dongington III 2 years, 5 months ago

I don't think Landen is talented enough to be a great player, but is can get pretty good given a few years. Yes, he's definitely a plodder and that's the number 2 thing he needs to fix. He's got good fundamentals. Like Peters, he managed to keep himself ranked top 100 while doing the AAU thing. Like Peters he vanished as soon as he quit. What I don't like about him and what he really needs to work on to have any hope at allis that he's not nearly aggressive enough, which, or course, goes hand in hand with being a slow mover. He doesn't take it up nearly strong enough on put backs and I don't think he can keep up with our guards right now at all.

You can count on one of Traylor, Peters, or Lucas transferring after their freshman season. At this point, I'd wager it'll be Lucas. Peters is way better than his ranking indicates, plus Self will want him around to help rope in Julius Randle. A 6'9" 240 wide receiver just has so much more upside. Never the less, I think he could be a decent to good player by the time he's a junior or senior. We'll see.

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bennybob 2 years, 5 months ago

"we definitely have a need for a big guy and he’s big enough that he can defend the five (post) and certainly skilled enough that he can step away from the basket and shoot the basketball. "

LJW, why did you feel the need to elborate on what Self meant when he said Lucas can guard the five?

we are KANSAS basketball fans, if one of us doesn't know that a "five" is the center position they need to turn in there Jayhawk fan card immediately.

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kureignman 2 years, 5 months ago

This is probably not an issue and I don't know the rules on this, but could someone from KU's staff go over his HS transcript to make sure that he will be eligible. Whenever I see someone attending 3 High Schools it should throw up a flag for us because it certainly will with the NCAA.

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jhox 2 years, 5 months ago

I hear he's a bit of a plodder, but I think the same could be said for Wayne Simeon, and that worked out well for us (though in fairness to Wayne, he put up huge numbers on the high school level--let's hope Landen puts up big numbers this high school season.) I trust Coach Self on this one. It's a good sign that he can shoot and pass. That likely means soft hands. You can coach footwork, but not soft hands. You can get guys in the weight room and improve jumping, speed and quickness, and we all know Manning will coach him up.

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lv_jhwk 2 years, 5 months ago

I get that so many like to get caught up in rankings and such...I'm one to boast when the 'Hawks are able to bring in top 10 talent just as much as the next person.

But from what I've seen of Lucas (more so in the past), I get the sense that he has a skill set that could match up very well with Self's system. If nothing else, I think he's a rounder peg for Self's system of holes than Tarkewski would have been, imo.

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