Nevada basketball is a finalist for transfer from Milwaukee, Te’Jon Lucas, who started his career in Illinois.
Lucas is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard who played two seasons at his two previous colleges. Last year, Lucas averaged 14.9 points, 5.8 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game on 39.2% of shots, including 27.5% of three. He made 73% of his free throws. It was the second season in a row with double-digit points for Lucas, who averaged 14.6 points per game as a junior in Milwaukee, who plays in the Horizon League. The Panthers were 10-12 overall and 7-10 in conference.
Other Lucas finalists include BYU, Utah, DePaul and New Mexico State.
Lucas played two seasons at Illinois, averaging 4.8 points in the freshman and 5.7 points in the sophomore. The Milwaukee native then transferred to his hometown school and was a second-team All-Horizon League pick as a junior and a third-team honor as a senior.
Lucas was a three-star recruit from Washington Information Technology High. 247Sports.com ranked him as the No. 138 player in the 2016 recruiting class. He also received offers from USC, Cleveland State, Old Dominion and Illinois-Chicago.
While not a great 3-point shooter (30.6% in his career), Lucas is a solid playmaker who averaged 6.3 assists per 40 minutes of play. He has a ratio nearly two-for-one roll assist and is a 42% shooter for his career (47.1% on a two-point range). He averaged 4.8 free throws per game in Milwaukee, or 76.5% of those attempts.
Nevada sack two All-Mountain West guards at Grant Sherfield and Desmond Cambridge Jr., but Lucas could find a role with the Wolf Pack as a scorer on the bench and substitute for Sherfield, who has recorded 34.7 minutes per game this season. last. The backup goalie was a weak position for Nevada, who could also start Lucas in a smallball lineup.
While transfers from graduates such as Lucas have always been immediately eligible at their new school, the new one-time transfer rule has made it more difficult to transfer graduates to a third division college I to be immediately eligible for their next school. Lucas has one remaining eligibility season.
The Wolf Pack had a free scholarship Monday when Wichita state transfer Trey Wade withdrew from moving closer to his home in Georgia, citing his grandfather’s illness. Nevada has completed 12 of its 13 scholarships for the 2021-2022 list.