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As If Millions Of Voices Suddenly Cried Out In Terror And Were Suddenly Silenced

Posted by Matt on May 14, 2007

Reports coming in are that both uber-recruit Jai Lucas and big man Beas Hamga, who reclassified for the 2007-2008 class almost at the request of Coach Billy Gillispie, will NOT be suiting up for the University of Kentucky next season. Both decisions come as big blows to the recruiting trail and for different reasons for each. The Lucas decision is difficult because he strung the program out for so long and then went to our arch nemesis the University of Florida. The Hamga commitment to UNLV was tough because Coach Gillispie did a lot to help the big man reclassify for 2007 and get through the NCAA Clearing House to obtain eligibility this year, on top of the fact that we are much in need of an athletic inside presence.

This news also does not bode well for the press conference of All American post player Patrick Patterson, who has close ties to Jai Lucas and looks to be almost certainly destined for “The Swamp.”

This is also a huge blow to the fans who follow University of Kentucky recruiting so adamantly as multiple sites, Kentucky Sports Radio and Wildcat Nation to name a couple, crashed at the start of Lucas’s 3:30PM press conference.

Obviously these are just verbal commitments and nothing is quite for certain until a Letter of Intent is signed, and even that is not quite certain, depending on the circumstances. Nonetheless, Houston Bellair standout Jai Lucas is heading to the University of Florida next year and Decatur Christian 7-footer Beas Hamga will be going to the University of Nevada-Las Vegas next season.

More to come IF something develops…

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