Returning starter at point guard, odds-on favorite to assume same role in 2002-2003... Led team in minutes played (33.5 mpg) and steals (120) as a true freshman... Small player relies on quickness... Capable of putting up big scoring numbers... Coaches are looking for better defense and more assists during sophomore campaign... Selected to 2002 Big 12 All-Freshman team... Named ???Most Underrated??? player in Big 12 by Athlon Sports 2002-03 preview... Son of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Lucas Jr.
2001-2002 (Freshman): A consensus member of Big 12 All-Freshman team following true freshman season... Played all 30 games, made 27 starts and led squad in minutes played, averaging 33.5 minutes per game... Second on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg) to fellow freshman Lawrence Roberts... Led team with 120 assists... Compiled the fourth-highest freshman scoring total (395 points) in Big 12 history... 33.5 minutes per game is second highest average for freshman in Big 12 history... Finished 24th in Big 12 in scoring (13.9), ninth in assists (4.0), 14th in steals (1.4) and 11th in 3-pointers (2.0)... Free throw percentage of 79.4 was second on team and third-best percentage for freshman in Big 12 history... Shot 95 percent from free throw line in final three minutes of games... Hit a career-high six 3-pointers (6-for-8) and totaled a career-high 10 assists in 20-point performance in win over SMU (11/27), career first double-double... Shot 15-of-20 (75 percent) of 3-pointers over four-game stretch in non-conference... Twice named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week... Won award Dec. 10 after career highs of 27 points and 11 field goals in win over North Texas... Honored again Jan. 7 after averaging 17.5 points in wins over Colorado State and Iowa State... Averaged 15.3 points over season's last six games, including six straight double-digit scoring marks... Topped Big 12 freshmen in 3-point field goals with 59... Finished 10th in Big 12 in 3-pointers made, 1.97 per game... Scored 20-plus points three times... Finished with assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.97 (116-to-59).
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter and scoring phenom at Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas... Played point guard for coach Dave Hudek at Bellaire... Rated No. 20 recruit in the state by Texas Hoops following senior season... Member of Recruiting USA Honorable Mention High School All-America Team... Scored 3,300 points in high school career... Averaged 30.3 points and led state of Texas in scoring average as a senior in 2000-2001... Named first-team all-state as a senior, and first-team All-District 17-5A as junior and senior... Played on United States roster in the 2001 Pittsburgh Hoops Classic (along with fellow Baylor signee Lawrence Roberts)... Attended NBA All-American High School Players Camp as prep junior and senior... Scored 30.3 points and averaged 11 assists per-game during senior season... Averaged 18.3 points and led Bellaire to the District 17-5A championship as junior in 1999-2000... Averaged 21 points and named honorable mention All-District 17-5A as a sophomore in 1998-99... MVP of city championship freshman team with 24-point scoring average in 1997-98... Accomplished tennis player, District 17-5A singles champion as prep junior and one-time nationally ranked USTA Junior National player... Texas Scholar, and member of Bellaire Student Association and Business Professionals of America.
PERSONAL: Son of John Lucas Jr., head coach of Cleveland Cavaliers and former NBA player... Born 11-21-82 in Washington, D.C... Full name is John Harding Lucas III... Son of John Jr. and DeEdgra (Debbie) Lucas... Majoring in pre business.