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Kentucky and Jai Lucas finalizing deal, report says

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This morning, Kentucky made the hiring of Bruiser Flint official. According to a new report, an announcement about Jai Lucas isn’t be far behind.

Sources tell Pete Thamel that Lucas is finalizing his deal to join John Calipari’s staff in an off-court role. Last week, word first broke that the Texas assistant was in talks with Kentucky, bringing a 14-year connection with KSR full circle. The 31-year-old has been with the University of Texas since 2013, serving as a special assistant under Rick Barnes before being promoted to director of basketball operations under Shaka Smart in 2015. He was then promoted to his current post as an assistant coach in June 2016. In his time as a full-time assistant at Texas, Lucas has established himself as one of the top up-and-coming names in college basketball recruiting, helping the program sign top-ten prospects and former Kentucky targets Mohamed Bamba and Greg Brown III, among other four- and five-star talent.

Once the deal is finalized, we’re hearing Lucas will take on a primary recruiting role, while Flint will focus on the Xs and Os.

“Would be a big get if we could pull that off,” a source close to the Kentucky basketball program told KSR Tuesday morning.

“Jai Lucas is a specialist, knows everyone in the country. Limitless resources,” another source familiar with the situation told KSR on Monday evening. “Could be an assistant like he is now but more of a connections guy. Fits like a glove [at Kentucky].”

Last week, a job posting for “Special Assistant to Men’s Basketball Coach/Recruiting Coordinator” was posted on UK’s website, adding further fuel to the Lucas to Kentucky fire. The deadline to apply is August 27.

As always, stay tuned to KSR for more Jai Lucas news as it develops.

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23 Comments for Kentucky and Jai Lucas finalizing deal, report says



  1. Catsfan1715
    4:18 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    I’m confused by the term “off-court”? Does that mean he won’t be recruiting since he’s not an actual coach? Or does it mean that recruiting is the only thing he’ll be doing..?



    • ClutchCargo
      4:23 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Well, it’s Thameltoe, so…



    • 2andToodleLoo
      4:52 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Assuming it means he’s not a bench coach.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:37 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      He’s the recruiter assistant, Flint is the coaching assistant.



    • Catsfan1715
      7:42 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      But he will sit on the bench during games, right ?



  2. mashburnfan1
    4:23 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Screw him. He did not want to be here as a player so why do we want him here as a coach.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:27 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      And you have supposedly lost interest in the basketball program, so why do you even have an opinion about this?



    • Soylentbeans
      4:33 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Billy Gillespie



    • sprtphan
      7:31 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

      With that philosophy we have no Kenny Payne. Maybe just a small amount of thought before speaking.



  3. mashman 93
    4:43 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    FINALLY!!! Jai Lucas has come to Kentucky. GO BIG BLUE!!!!



  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    4:45 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    We needed a new elite recruiter, losing the other one was a Payne in the butt.



  5. Irish son
    5:25 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Another Meh hire by Cal. I wonder how good a friend he is?



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:39 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      Lucas is one of the best recruiters in the country and we’ve just lost one of the best, this is a great hire from a team needs talent perspective.



  6. BobbyBlue
    6:02 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t get the “ he is one of the best recruiters in the country ” I trust in Cal but this kid only got Brown because of proximity, and Mo Bama had nothing to do with any Texas connections.
    Both went to Texas because they were wierd by



  7. michaelb
    6:03 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    I’m probably overly optimistic about this but I feel like he has a shot at being a recruiting force under cal at uk.



  8. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    6:03 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    He did a great job as the main bagman at Texas. Great hire!



  9. michaelb
    6:04 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    This guy might be an all-star bag man , give him a chance first guys



  10. BobbyBlue
    6:04 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    wowed by the head coach and his 15 minutes of fame.



  11. wildcats8
    6:21 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone saying we lost our best recruiters are sorely mistaken. As good as Kenny Payne and Peevy are calipari is the wizard behind it all. Guys don’t come to Kentucky to play for Kenny Payne they come to play under John calipari not to mention our recent classes have been nothing short of tremendous so what we lost a few guys to duffle bag dropping teams



    • Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
      6:34 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      True. Agree 100 percent. But from 2010 until 2015 Nike was dropping duffel bags on our behalf. For some reason Nike moved their business to Puke and a few other programs. We need to get back to the 2010 to 2015 years. And for the record I don’t think cal cheats. But you are a moron if you don’t think shoe companies control where many of the top players go.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:07 pm August 24, 2020 Permalink

      We had kids as heavy Ky leans, then Payne left at that all changed.



    • PensacolaCat
      12:45 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

      Not sure what Peevy has to do with recruiting?



  12. The last sith lord
    10:42 am August 25, 2020 Permalink

    Some y’all are idiotic ungrateful fans. Coach payne was a genius x and o guy and a savant working with bigs. Yall are are sum unappreciative dufuses . e.j reid travis and the sr transfer last will be the only big guys in a 10 yrs that wont get a nba run . so every big man in his time but 3 made into the nba. yes coach payne leaving does hurt a lot. It hurts in practice n in recruiting.
    Jai lucas knows every top 100 player from every class personally. Hes a great hire and high character . some of you hills stix n holler ppl wont acknowledge this but in this day of blm and police killing blk ppl, more blk ppl are needed on staff because players n parents are more comfortable sending their kids places where they see reflections of themselves. The rush of top talent going to hbcus will continue and this is a practical way to counter