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HOUSTON Houston Rockets General Manager Carroll Dawson today announced the signing of guard John Lucas, III. Son of former Rockets player, John Lucas, and a standout at Bellaire High School, Lucas joins the Rockets from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBDL and will wear jersey number 15. The Rockets roster now stands at 16 players after receiving a special exception from the NBA due to injuries.
Lucas (5-11, Oklahoma State) started all 14 games this season with Tulsa, leading the team in scoring with 15.1 points per game. He was also averaging 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.14 steals with the 66ers. Prior to his stint in the NBDL, Lucas averaged 4.0 points and 1.3 assists in four preseason games with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He signed as a free agent with Minnesota on Oct. 3, and was waived on Oct. 27. He also played for the Timberwolves in the 2005 Minnesota Summer League in July, averaging 9.2 points and 3.0 assists in five games.
As a collegian, Lucas finished his career at Oklahoma State after playing the first two seasons at Baylor. His career total of 1,877 points (766 at Baylor; 1,111at OSU) is ranked fourth in Big 12 history. Lucas is also third in 3-point field goals made (281) and fifth in total assists (535) in Big 12 annals. He earned All-Big 12 First-Team accolades in both seasons at OSU, averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 assists in 68 career games with the Cowboys. As a senior, he shared the team lead in scoring with Joey Graham, averaging 17.7 points and 4.1 assists. Following a junior season where he averaged 15.1 points and 4.5 assists, Lucas was named the Big 12 Player of the Year by the Associated Press, Daily Oklahoman and Fort Worth Star-Telegram, joining teammate Tony Allen as the Big 12 Co-Players of the Year. Lucas was also one of 10 players named to the 2003-04 John R. Wooden Award All-American Team. At Baylor, Lucas was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection by the league coaches as a sophomore and earned Big 12 All-Freshman Team honors.
A three-year starter at Bellaire, Lucas scored more than 3,300 points in his high school career. He also averaged 18.3 points while leading Bellaire to the District 17-5A Championship as a junior.
His father, John, was an All-American for the Maryland Terrapins and was the first pick of the 1976 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets. He spent 14 years playing in the NBA for Houston, Golden State, Washington, San Antonio, Milwaukee and Seattle. He later coached in the NBA, serving as head coach for San Antonio (1992-94), Philadelphia (1994-96) and Cleveland (2001-03).