Patterson and Lucas were joined by 19 of the nation's top high
school players, following practice for Saturday's All-American
Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Classic has featured some of the NBA's top stars like LeBron
James and Carmelo Anthony. Texas' Kevin Durant and Ohio State's
Greg Oden, who could be the top two picks in June's NBA draft, have
Patterson and Lucas were recruited heavily by former Kentucky
coach Tubby Smith, who left the Wildcats for Minnesota.
Lucas was upset but thought "it was a blessing in disguise" as
Smith's departure opened up new opportunities.
"I'm really trying to put an end to it," Lucas said of the
recruiting process while his dad, former NBA coach and player John
Lucas stood nearby.
"I took my last and final visit. I went to Florida, so I think
I'll have a decision by sometime next week."
"You know Florida, they always been on my list," Lucas said.
"Coach Donovan's recruited me since my sophomore year. But he said
he didn't feel it was the right situation with Taurean Green still
there. So once Taurean Green went to the NBA, it's an opportunity
to look at. Coach Donovan is a guard coach and I am a guard, so
that's a big thing."
Patterson was also upset over Smith's departure. But, like
Lucas, he understands what happened and will "take it all the way
out to May" before choosing his school.
Although he's still considering Billy Gillispie and the
Wildcats, he did mention Bob Huggins and West Virginia. With
Calathes and Parsons spending some time with him this week, Florida
is still in the mix.
"They are still there," Patterson said of perhaps joining the
two-time national champions. "I'm still getting stuff from Nick
and Chandler for Florida. They just bug me and feed me as much
stuff as they can to get me to go there still."