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.


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.”


lv_jhwk 10 years, 6 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.

jhox 10 years, 6 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.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 10 years, 6 months ago

6 points a game for someone who's listed at 6-10? Hummm.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 6 months ago

Not to worry...after he has been Manninged and Hudyed he will be a cruiser, plus let's see what he does as a senior.

NebraskaJayhawk 10 years, 6 months ago

Do you realize how bad Kaun was scoring when he first came to Kansas? My guess is this guy has some intangibles, otherwise he wouldn't have been recruited. He obviously wasn't recruited for his scoring.

Dirk Medema 10 years, 6 months ago

TT didn't score much in HS either. While Findley wasn't a prep-NC, I seem to recall that they have had a number of D1 players. Maybe he didn't get the touches as a jr.

kureignman 10 years, 6 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.

Mark Lindrud 10 years, 6 months ago

After the issues we have had with eligibility that is a fair concern to have.

lee3022 10 years, 6 months ago

The difference is that he has attended three legitimate high schools. The two in Oregon are just regular high schools that govern eligibility by living within their boundaries (I think they are in the same school district.) That he is finishing, not in a prep school, but in a regular high school means his transcript is going to be fine. Of course he has to qualify with the SAT (perhaps has already done so) but that and grades are likely his only remaining hurdles.

Ben Simonett 10 years, 6 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.

ignatius_j_reilly 10 years, 6 months ago

And, if you do clarify what the five is, for those not familiar with basketball terminology, maybe you could clarify it with something other than basketball terminology (post).

jaybate 10 years, 6 months ago

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


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.

gchawk 10 years, 6 months ago

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

dallasjayhawk10 10 years, 6 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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