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

Head coach had put the Wildcats in a prime position for , 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 recruiting coordinator Monday, ultimately chose Florida over and Oklahoma State.

“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.

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