Terps offer scholarship to Lucas' son

SPORTS DIGEST

July 06, 2006

Maryland has offered a scholarship to Texas prep star Jai Lucas, the son of former Terps All-American John Lucas (1973-1976), the son said yesterday.

Jai Lucas said the offer came while he was on a recent unofficial visit and his father was in a meeting with coach Gary Williams while he was on the practice court.

"It went through my dad first," Lucas said from the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis. "After my [unofficial] visit, they had a little meeting while I was out. That's when it happened."

Lucas, a 5-foot-10 junior guard from Bellaire, is rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 8 point guard in the class of 2007. His brother, John, recently finished a standout career at Oklahoma State, where Jai is also interested in playing.

Maryland coach Gary Williams and assistant Michael Adams will be watching Lucas and several other Terps recruits this week at the Nike camp in Indianapolis, which runs through Sunday.

Lucas' father averaged 18 points at Maryland and was the No. 1 pick by Houston in the 1976 draft. He had a 14-year career in the NBA before cocaine and alcohol addictions ended it.

Kentucky and LSU are among a list of schools vying for Jai's commitment.

Heather A. Dinich

More college basketball -- O.J. Mayo, a 6-4 guard widely considered the nation's top recruit for the 2007-08 season, told the Southern California coaching staff and players last week that he would commit to the Trojans, multiple sources told ESPN.com.

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