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Will Jai Lucas be able to recruit at Kentucky? “There are a bunch of ways to communicate.”

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Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As a special assistant to the head coach, Jai Lucas will not be allowed to recruit off-campus when the NCAA lifts restrictions due to the coronavirus.

But that doesn’t mean Kentucky’s new staff member won’t be recruiting in his time in Lexington.

Last week, KSR dove into the official NCAA rulebook and found that while Lucas – an off-court member of the staff – will have a few restrictions, but will still be able to maintain contact, participate in Zoom calls/virtual visits, and help seal the deal with recruits as a special assistant and recruiting coordinator.

In an interview with Kentucky Roll Call this morning, Lucas confirmed that he will still have a significant recruiting role, breaking down the specifics of what he is allowed to do from day one in Lexington.

Yes. There are a bunch of rules, but there are a bunch of ways to communicate,” Lucas said. “I can text and communicate with recruits, with anybody basically. I can also be on Zoom calls and stuff like that. The biggest thing for me is about staying in communication.”

Though he’ll have to work around some specifics – he cannot call a prospect directly, the recruit has to call him – he still feels he’ll be able to make a significant impact in his new role with the program.

“Most of the kids and most of the families text anyway, so I can text a kid and be like, “Call me.” He can then call me on the phone and that’s how we can communicate,” Lucas said. “I can have them set up a Zoom. The main forms of communication like phone calls have to come through them, but I can text, and that’s a big part of the job right there in itself.”

With Kentucky finishing with the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation this past year, Lucas knows he doesn’t have to “reinvent the wheel” in his time at Kentucky. He can, however, add a new, fresh piece to the staff who thrives in developing relationships and consistency.

“You just have to continue to be consistent. I think that’s the biggest thing in recruiting, consistency, especially when you’re recruiting the type of talent that Kentucky is accustomed to getting,” Lucas said. “Those kids and those families, at the end of the day, they think their sons can play anywhere. They’re going to be successful no matter where they go, so you have to kind of give them a little something more to make them want to come to Kentucky.

“A big part of that is the relationship and the trust factor with the staff and the head coach. Most of the time, you have those kids that are going to be a one and done, they’re going to be here for eight months. They’re sending their prized possession with someone they can trust.”

For Lucas’ full interview on Kentucky Roll Call, check out today’s show here. 

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

14 Comments for Will Jai Lucas be able to recruit at Kentucky? “There are a bunch of ways to communicate.”



  1. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    5:18 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

    What kind of question is this? Of course he can.. You’d have to be a perverted drunk not to be able to accomplish that.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      7:21 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      The question was whether he was legally allowed to recruit as an off-court staff member, not if he’d be able to recruit well at Kentucky.



  2. Wild Turkey 101
    5:24 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone can recruit at Kentucky except Tubby Smith.



    • runningunnin.454
      7:16 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      Lucas was going to sign with UK until Tubby left, and went to Minnesota.



  3. peaches76
    5:46 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

    I think the biggest reason he is here has more to do with interpersonal relationships with players. KP was the guy ALL the players mentioned when talking about their development as a player and dealing with the issues of playing for Cal. Matt, et all don’t seem to recognize the value he will bring in filling that role. Look at the responses he got from former UT players. IMHO, that is where he brings significant value at this stage of the game. And both responses above me hit on the recruiting aspect.



    • ClutchCargo
      9:46 am September 4, 2020 Permalink

      At least somebody gets it.



    • satcheluk
      8:55 pm September 4, 2020 Permalink

      I have no problem criticizing Matt when he say something ignorant, but, he specifically talked about how he would relate best with the players since he was younger and had been a high level recruit.



  4. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    5:51 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s face it, almost no one knew this guy was even a coach until word got out that we were going to hire him. Ha-ha.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      7:23 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      He was the lead recruiter for Greg Brown III, who picked Texas over Kentucky in April.



    • runningunnin.454
      7:26 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      So? Who is Duke’s recruiting coordinator since Capel left?



    • runningunnin.454
      7:33 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

      That was for Hot Stuff, Jack. Not you.



    • ClutchCargo
      9:48 am September 4, 2020 Permalink

      Try again, Eddie Gilbert. On second thought, just stop.



  5. friendsofcoal
    7:38 pm September 3, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t believe this day and age the he can text a prospect and say, “call me” but he can’t pick the phone up and call himself. It sounds like the NCAA is stuck in the 90’s. Most people communicate more via text than they do by actual phone calls.



    • ClutchCargo
      9:52 am September 4, 2020 Permalink

      Shhh! You really suck at operational security.

      j/k