* Regained quickness after Achilles injury
* Dependable mid-range game
* Willing and capable defender
* Good three-point shooter
* Solid facilitator
* Good and prolific free throw shooter
* On the small side for the NBA
* Needs to get stronger
If he gets drafted at all, it will be in the second round. Those who have followed Lucas' career think that if gets a chance, he could become a solid backup point guard in the NBA.
The one-time Big Ten Most Valuable Player suffered an Achilles injury during the NCAA Tournament in 2010. It took him until conference play this season, but he returned to form and put together his best year statistically, leading Michigan State in scoring. Was chosen second-team All-Big Ten.
17.0 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.5 tpg, 1.1 spg, 33.4 mpg, .428 FG, .390 3PT, .820 FT
Lucas finished his career with 1,996 points, fifth in Michigan State history.
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What Insiders Say:
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo
"His world was crushed in that NCAA Tournament last year. I mean, when you kind of make a lay-up, stop, don't step on anybody, don't twist your ankle, don't come down, don't hit a cheerleader, he did nothing wrong, and he just turned and ran up the court and the Achilles goes, that's crushing in itself.
"And then when you go through the rehab, and athletic rehab is different than civilian rehab because you're trying to speed the process up. So what he went through twice a day all summer long and all fall, really, was incredible for him, our trainers and our doctors.
"It's been hard for me to see when he really started coming out of it. I've thought it was at the end of December, then I thought it was the middle of January, but I think the middle, end of January is where I saw the speed come back and some things like that that probably would have made us a better team earlier, but it sure wasn't his fault. He did an incredible job."
What Outsiders Say:
UCLA coach Ben Howland
"He's a really, really hard guard. I remember he was the Big Ten player of the year two years ago, right before he hurt his Achilles tendon. He's a special talent. I watched him in the Big Ten Tournament get 30 against Purdue just last week. I mean, the guy is amazing. Watching him on tape against Ohio State at Ohio State or Illinois at home, he's a big time player."
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
|Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 20-for-55 (.364); 2008-09, 41-for-105 (.390); 2009-10, 35-for-99 (.354); 2010-11, 53-for-136 (.390). Totals: 149-for-395 (.377).|