- The Washington Times - Monday, February 26, 2007

Last night at Comcast Center


“Some of my teammates were running to the locker room, but I was running to the crowd. I didn’t show any fear in the game, so there was no reason to show fear when everybody rushed the court.”

— James Gist on the sight of fans cascading onto the floor


Some of the earliest cheers were reserved for high school guard Jai Lucas, who visited campus and took in the game from a front-row seat.

The son of former Maryland star John Lucas, Jai Lucas is ranked as the No. 42 high school senior (and No. 6 point guard) by rivals.com.

Lucas, who is also being courted by Kentucky, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, said he doesn’t plan to make a decision until late March. But he said he has received a pitch from Maryland coaches that suggests he could co-exist with current freshmen Eric Hayes and Greivis Vasquez.

“They said they run a lot of three-guard offense,” said Lucas, who delivered high-fives to students before the game. “They say Greivis is more of a scorer and a slasher and Eric is in a spot where he can dish the ball. I could be the deciding factor, the true point guard that can bring everything together.”

— Patrick Stevens

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