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Friday Quickies: Jai Lucas Watch Edition

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Can Kentucky close the deal?

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Earlier this week, reports broke that Texas Longhorns assistant coach Jai Lucas has “been in contact” with the University of Kentucky to fill the void of an empty position for assistant coach. With Kenny Payne leaving Kentucky head coach John Calipari’s staff for the New York Knicks, Kentucky is quickly looking for their next recruiting guru.

It’s hard to imagine turning down an assistant position as the historical Kentucky basketball program, especially under a legendary head coach like Calipari. It’s just as difficult to imagine Lucas turning down the position considering after being recruited by Kentucky back in 2007.

An assistant coach since 2013, Lucas brings experience as well as a quality reputation of landing highly-coveted recruits. He’s the ideal candidate for the vacant assistant position at Kentucky and a likely choice to fill it, should he leave the University of Texas.

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Quickies

UK’s Wilson ‘Slinging the Ball’ and ‘Having Fun’ in Return - YourSportsEdge

Does Terry Wilson break out and have a stellar year this season?

Minnesota Timberwolves win top pick in 2020 NBA draft lottery - ESPN

Who will hear their name called first?

Ron Rivera says he has been diagnosed with cancer - USA Today

Prayers for one of the NFL’s biggest class-acts.

Takeaways from Kentucky’s updated roster - Cats Illustrated

The season is just under a month away.

NBA likely pushing back Dec. 1 start to 2020-21 season, Adam Silver says - ESPN

Will be interesting to see if this plan is altered due to COVID-19.

Sixers’ success hangs on difficult decisions with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons - USA Today

And those bad contracts they handed their other “stars.”

UK target Paolo Banchero commits to Duke - Kentucky Sports Radio

It’s been a rough week for Kentucky fans.

Giannis Antetokounmpo says Bucks had urgency, couldn’t trail 2-0 in series - ESPN

How will the rest of the series unfold?