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Can Kansas crash the Landen Lucas party?

11/10/2011

It’s that time of the year. The reality of recruiting is that you win some, you lose some. When there’s a setback, the next step is to come up with a solution.

When Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark’s) selected the Arizona Wildcats, Kansas immediately began assessing its options. Enter Landen Lucas (Portland, Ore./Westview).

“When he narrowed it down to seven he had Kansas in it but Kansas had its eggs in Kaleb’s basket,” Shelley Lucas, Landen’s mom said. “They were in touch and they were being honest. When they didn’t get (Tarczewski), they apologized and asked for his last visit.”

Lucas set off for Lawrence, Kan., on Thursday and planned out an abbreviated visit with the Jayhawks. He’ll be with the staff Friday and half of Saturday before departing back for home. Lucas intends to decide as soon as Sunday. He knows Kansas had him as a backup target but felt like their situation was one he had to look into.

“It was fast,” Lucas said of the wave of interest KU hit him with. “I feel like there’s not many schools that I’d be OK with as the whole second option thing. But with them, I feel like there’s still a need that they have. They need someone to come in and contribute at the post position the way they play the high/low.”

Let’s be clear: Lucas has excellent options. California, Washington, Stanford and Tennessee want this young man. He knows why KU is interested and isn’t under illusions. He’s asked the tough questions of Bill Self regarding need and playing time. At that point, Lucas felt his process would be incomplete without investigating the Jayhawks.

“I made it clear that for the most part I wouldn’t feel comfortable committing and not going on this visit. I don’t want to have any doubt in my mind it’s the right decision.”