Jai Lucas: ‘I was coming to Kentucky’ before Tubby Smith left

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.

Lucas, who was announced as special assistant to the head coach and coordinator Monday, ultimately chose over and State.

“I was coming. I was coming to until Coach Smith left and took the Minnesota job,” Lucas said during a Zoom -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 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 over Florida.

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