ITH Super Happy Fun Time All-Big Ten Preview: Kalin Lucas

  • 09/18/2010 3:15 pm in

SPOKANE, WA - MARCH 21: Kalin Lucas #1 of the Michigan State Spartans walks on the court against the Maryland Terrapins during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Spokane Arena on March 21, 2010 in Spokane, Washington. Michigan State defeated Maryland 85-83. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Hoosier Hysteria is on the horizon and it’s time for Inside the Hall’s preseason All-Big Ten team. Today: Michigan State’s Kalin Lucas.

Unlike the William Buford selection, giving the nod to Kalin Lucas for the All-Big Ten team required little thought. The torn left achilles tendon Lucas suffered in last year’s NCAA Tournament run not only hurt the Spartans’ chances of cutting down the nets in Indianapolis, it also ended any chance the 6-0 guard would declare forgo his senior season.

And so he returns to East Lansing with a legitimate shot at another Final Four, a Big Ten championship and conference player of the year accolades (an award he already won once as a sophomore). He’ll also be out to prove to NBA scouts that he’s worthy of being selected in next June’s draft.

Lucas’ 2009-2010 numbers: 14.8 ppg, 3.9 apg, 1.9 rpg, 35% 3PT, 45% FG, 77% FT. His 80 turnovers (2.4 per game) led Michigan State.

All signs point to the recovery and return of Lucas being on track. He’s scheduled to return to the court sometime this month and barring any setbacks, should be ready for the start of practice next month.

The uncertainty, much like in the case of Maurice Creek’s knee, lies in how long it will take Lucas to become 100 percent comfortable making explosive moves on his surgically repaired achilles tendon. The hope for both Tom Izzo and Michigan State fans is that no setbacks occur as the Spartans face a tough non-conference slate that includes a trip to Maui, Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, Syracuse at the Carrier Dome and Texas at home. In a word: brutal.

Assuming Lucas is able to return to his pre-injury form, it’s hard to deny the impact he’ll have given his versatility and experience playing at a high-level. The combination of his ability to distribute, penetrate, pull-up and knock down perimeter shots makes him one of the toughest guards to prepare for in the country. And even if Lucas needs a couple of months to return to form, if he’s anywhere close to 100 percent when the Big Ten rolls around, he’s a good bet for his second conference POY in three seasons.

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  • get real

    I am an IU fan since the late 50’s. Having said that, if you don’t have Johnson,Hummel, and Moore as your other three first team picks, then you are really prejudiced. Sporting News has Johnson 1st team All American,Hummel second team, and Moore third team.Moore may be the most underrated college player in the country , but I think he’deserves 1st team Big 10 over Buford hands down.

  • JerryCT

    Having my own achilles surgically repaired I strongly doubt Lucas will ever be 100% the old Lucas. However 85% is pretty darn good . Keep in mind the first step in one direction will be 100% but other direction will be 75% and enable him to be scouted/defended. I am doubting he will be 1st team PG .

    Right off hand I can only remember Gail Goodrich returning after surgery to play more than 1 season ……… difficult to find anyone in any sport making a comeback and an impact after achilles surgery.

    My money would be on Battle

  • Anonymous

    Hate to admit it but have to agree. Can’t think of anyone else that is better than those three. Maybe ones that have a chance would be Coble (if he plays), McCamey (Consistency), Creek (Haven’t seen a full year)

  • JerryCT

    Sorry but Durrell Summers is easily 1st team AllB10 especially since many have him 1st team all american. Then again maybe MSU’s best player is overrated.

    Based on your comments I researched different publications pre-season all americans and I donot think Moore is underrated compared to the rated guys at his position.

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    Johnson yes, Hummel coming off that injury a possibility. The plus side for him he isn’t a huge slasher so he could adjust quicker coming off the injury, I am not ready to put him first team.

    Player A 16.4ppg 51stls 93 asst 4 reb
    Player B 14.9ppg 28stls 105 asst 4 reb

    Player A Etwan Moore
    Player B Verdell Jones

    Yes Etwan is a flat out stud, could be first team all big ten, take out team records, I could make the same case for VJ they have some comparable stats for both players being a guard.

  • I considered six guys for five spots. Not going to reveal the final three for obvious reasons, but you can make an argument for all six.

  • MillaRed

    Buford has been in the shadows of Evan Turner. I’m sure Alex considered this when adding him to the list. I do agree that putting him here is based on potential but I think the talent is there.

    Moore is solid, but at times unspectacular. He shot 30% from the field over the last 9 games last season.

    Would love to have him, but if you gave me a choice to start a team today I would have to go with Buford. Not by a landslide but I think he brings more to the table. Let’s revisit this conversation again in March.


    Does anyone know the date for Hoosier Hysteria?

  • Yogi Kelin Zeller

    When I grow up I want to have nads like MSU’s head football coach! A fake field goal for the win. Are you serious.

  • Anonymous

    Well, Daniel Moore’s a given

  • Anonymous

    If you beat Notre Dame I don’t care how you did it, I’m just proud of you.

  • Anonymous

    October 15

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    Agree 100% with Summers. Great player, very underrated. He’s better than Etwan, MSU just has so many options, that Summers doesn’t get to show much.

  • For the record, Summers isn’t on my first team.

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    top 20 2011 player Sam Thompson committed to OSU. I think this is a good thing, because he is virtually the same player as Hollowell just comes a year earlier. 6’7” 185lb. SF.

  • garyindiana_311

    did you lose your ability to explode in the paint and throw down the tomahawk?

  • Diesel

    Not a big namer, but just off the top of my head former Colt Brandon Stokely had an Achilles Repair and then played a few years with the Broncos, not sure if he is still around though…..

    But you are right Jerry, and the other thing here is the timing of the injury – March! Difficult to be near 100% before one year out.

  • Outoftheloop

    But not his heart. I hope he has a complete recovery and a very long and pleasant life.

  • Outoftheloop

    The guy at WI, Jon Leuers (sp?), has to be on the first team.

  • Outoftheloop

    Excellent facts!

  • Outoftheloop

    What has Daniel Moore been “given”, except negative love? He is a lot like Eric Suhr. I am glad that IU now has many guards to put on the floor before Daniel. But I still love his energy and admire his grit! No one can question his loyalty and love for Indiana.

  • He’s not on my first team either.

  • Outoftheloop

    You can not have a second MSU player on the first unit if his name IS NOT Draymond Green: #3 reb 7.7, #29 scoring 9.9, #5 FG% .525, #15 assists 3.0, #11 steals 1.2, #9 blocks .9 and #5 assists/TO 1.8 (all rankings for the Big 10 season 2009-10). Plus he is THE defensive stopper in the lane for the Spartans. He is also just one tough dude!

  • Outoftheloop

    That would be Jon Leuer. I sure wish we still had the old “edit” option.

  • get real

    I hope IU is not down to taking OSU rejects.

  • JerryCT

    yes even on a 7ft basket

  • JerryCT

    Really Alex. All he did in the tournament after Lucas went down was go 26/4, 19/7, 21/4 before the Butler game. I think you have to consider him in the context of fewer MSU scoring options this year ie no Morgan, no Allen and a lesser Lucas.

    Also Izzo says Lucas has not practiced in 6 months. I am giving you a mulligan

  • Outoftheloop

    He will be at season’s end.

  • GetReal

    Kalin Lucas!
    Durrell Summers!