All-Big Ten preview: Kalin Lucas

  • 10/23/2008 6:00 am in

klucas.jpgThe All-Big Ten preview is ITH’s look at our picks for the top players in the Big Ten this season. Today: Kalin Lucas of Michigan State.

The tradition of quality guard play (Cleaves, Charlie Bell, Mo Pete, Jason Richardson, Neitzel, shall I continue?) for Tom Izzo coached teams continues in East Lansing as Izzo hands the keys to the Spartans to Kalin Lucas.

Lucas, a sophomore, averaged a shade over 10 points and just under four assists per game last season. After splitting time with Travis Walton a year ago, he’s looking forward to taking the reigns.

“I feel like this is my team now,” Lucas recently told The Detroit News.

Lucas is a unique combination of power and ridiculous speed. He’s a bit undersized at a shade under 6-0, but his quickness is unmatched by anyone in the conference and perhaps, the country. In fact, Izzo recently commented that Lucas is the fastest player he’s ever coached.

More importantly, however, will be his ability to lead and get the most out of a loaded MSU roster. He’ll have plenty of options up front with Marquise Gray, Goran Suton, Delvon Roe and a candidate for player of the year in the league, Raymar Morgan. The backcourt is just as loaded with Chris Allen, Durrell Summers, Walton and freshman Korie Lucious.

“You can’t be a leader if you don’t know what you’re talking about,” Lucas said at Michigan State’s media day. “I’ve been coming in and watching more film. I’ve become a gym rat. I’ve gotta be more vocal and be more of a leader.”

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  • southsidehitmen

    Lucas is an exceptional player and would be on my 1st team pre-season all conference team.

    He sort of reminded me of a more under controlled version of T.J. Ford.

    I think he will be more valuable to State than Morgan.

  • southsidehitmen

    Lucas is an exceptional player and would be on my 1st team pre-season all conference team.

    He sort of reminded me of a more under controlled version of T.J. Ford.

    I think he will be more valuable to State than Morgan.

  • BFowler

    I am going out on a limb here, but I am going to predict no Hoosiers (playing as Hoosiers) on this list.

  • BFowler

    I am going out on a limb here, but I am going to predict no Hoosiers (playing as Hoosiers) on this list.

  • If he improves his outside shot, he's going to be unstoppable. I like him as a dark horse for player of the year in the league.

  • If he improves his outside shot, he's going to be unstoppable. I like him as a dark horse for player of the year in the league.

  • student

    I'd be happy if any of our players got onto the All Big Ten Honorable Mention. Anything better than that would be a very pleasant surprised.

    And Kalin Lucas is absurdly quick, he's a one man fast break threat from anywhere on the court.

  • student

    I'd be happy if any of our players got onto the All Big Ten Honorable Mention. Anything better than that would be a very pleasant surprised.

    And Kalin Lucas is absurdly quick, he's a one man fast break threat from anywhere on the court.

  • southsidehitmen

    Lucas is an exceptional player and would be on my 1st team pre-season all conference team.

    He sort of reminded me of a more under controlled version of T.J. Ford.

    I think he will be more valuable to State than Morgan.

  • BFowler

    I am going out on a limb here, but I am going to predict no Hoosiers (playing as Hoosiers) on this list.

  • If he improves his outside shot, he's going to be unstoppable. I like him as a dark horse for player of the year in the league.

  • student

    I'd be happy if any of our players got onto the All Big Ten Honorable Mention. Anything better than that would be a very pleasant surprised.

    And Kalin Lucas is absurdly quick, he's a one man fast break threat from anywhere on the court.