By James Escarcega ~ SGV Tribune
Los Altos senior guard Jarod Lucas, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune’s Player of the Year last season, committed to Oregon State on Wednesday.
Lucas made the announcement on his Twitter page.
“I’ve achieved my dream,” said Lucas, the first player from the school to get a Division 1 scholarship offer since his father, Jeff Lucas, was offered one by Hawaii in 1986. “With my dad being a high school coach, I’ve been able to learn the game of basketball at a young age. I set a goal before I started high school to be one of the best players to come out of the program.”
Lucas chose the Beavers over Mississippi, Nevada, Tulsa and Santa Clara.
“It has always been a dream of mine to play in the Pac-12,” said Lucas, who also plays for the highly respected AAU basketball program Compton Magic. “I wanted to be able to play in front of my family in college, and being able to play at Oregon State allows that to happen. It’s a blessing.”
“Our family couldn’t be any more proud of him,” said Jeff Lucas. who is also Los Altos’ coach. “Our program is so thrilled for him. As a father and as his coach, it is a very special moment for our family and Los Altos High School.”
A three-year starter for the Conquerors, Lucas has a career scoring average of 26 points per game and has made 46 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Lucas was disappointed he didn’t get offers from UCLA or USC, and noted that he will use that as motivation in his college career.
“One of the other reasons why I wanted to stay in the Pac-12 is to make sure that USC and UCLA regret that they didn’t recruit me,” he said.