Head coach Tubby Smith had put the Wildcats in a prime position for Jai Lucas, the McDonald’s and Jordan Brand Classic All-American, before resigning his post on Mar. 22 to go to Minnesota.
“I was coming. I was coming to Kentucky until Coach Smith left and took the Minnesota job,” Lucas said during a Zoom video-conference call Wednesday. “That kind of left me in scramble mode because I had made my mind up for months and that’s how I ended up at Florida because they were the next school to call me at the McDonald’s game so I kind of ended up with them. They had the momentum with Billy Donovan and winning two national championships.”
Two days after Lucas’ commitment, Patterson chose Kentucky over Florida.