High school All-Americans unsure of college choice

Updated: April 19, 2007, 9:26 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- High school All-Americans Patrick Patterson and Jai Lucas, who were recruited by Kentucky, are still undecided on what schools they will attend this fall.

Coach Billy Donovan could perhaps land both recruits along with Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons, who've already committed to the Florida Gators.

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 also appeared.

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."


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