ATLANTA -- Even though he didn't come to Kentucky like Patrick Patterson did, Jai Lucas has remained friends with the UK freshman.
"We stay in touch. Every once in a while, we shoot each a text to each other," Lucas said. "I wished him well when he got injured and told him I wanted him to get better."
The two developed a bond playing high school summer basketball and even though Lucas was from Texas and Patterson from West Virginia. They thought they made a "perfect tandem" on the court and it looked like both would commit to Kentucky.
However, when Tubby Smith resigned to go to Minnesota, Lucas took a visit to Florida and eventually signed with the Gators while Patterson decided to play for new UK coach Billy Gillispie.