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Jai Lucas earns strong praise from recruiting analysts

Lucas is one of the best young coaches in the game.

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The Kentucky Wildcats made arguably the best hire of the college basketball off-season, hiring Jai Lucas away as special assistant to the head coach.

While he wont be serving an on-court coaching role at Kentucky like he did at Texas, he will be involved in recruiting, player development, and scouting, according to the University of Kentucky.

The Lucas hire was so good that three of 247 Sports’ recruiting analysts praised the move by the Wildcats coaching staff.

“Jai Lucas is one of the premiere up and coming coaches in the sport. He is one who will out work his role in Lexington and will be loved because of the genuine relationships he builds with his players and recruits,” said Brandon Jenkins.

“He’s (Lucas) a very well respected and well connected coach across the industry that has had success on the recruiting trail and has a very bright future ahead,” wrote Travis Branham.

“He’s been one of the best recruiters in the country. He closed on Greg Brown, he closed on Jarrett Allen. As much as people want to make that look easy because they’re from Texas, it’s not. He beat UCLA for Will Baker,” said Brian Snow

With Lucas being the one of the lead recruiters at Texas, he helped lead the Longhorns to multiple top-ten recruiting classes, and landed the likes of Greg Brown, Mo Bamba, Jarrett Allen, Will Baker, and Jaxson Hayes.

Lucas is almost certainly going to help continue the trend at Kentucky.