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Kansas signs power forward Landen Lucas

Landen Lucas, a three-star power forward from Portland, Ore., signed a national letter of intent with the Kansas Jayhawks on Tuesday.

Lucas, who stands 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, is considered the top prospect in Oregon. He came to a camp at KU this summer and visited last weekend, committing to KU on Sunday night.

Lucas chose Kansas over Tennessee, Washington, California and Stanford.

“We’ve known about Landen for a long time. We’ve seen him play a lot and he came to camp this past summer,” KU coach Bill Self said in a statement. “We definitely have a need for a big guy, and he’s big enough that he can defend the five (post) and certainly skilled enough that he can step away from the basket and shoot the basketball. He was obviously highly recruited because his final choices were four other great programs. We’re fortunate he fell in love with this place when he came out here in the summer and we were able to convince him on his official visit this past weekend.”

Lucas began his high school career at Sunset High School in Portland, moved to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., last year and is back in Portland at Westview High School for his senior season. Last year at Findlay Prep, Lucas averaged 6.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game.

“His skill set,” Self said of what impresses him most about Lucas. “He can shoot it. He can pass it. He understands the game like the big guys we’ve had here in the past, such as Sasha (Kaun) and Darnell (Jackson) that really have a great feel on how to play.”

Lucas' father is former Oregon standout Richard Lucas, who played for the Ducks from 1987-91.

“Landen comes from a basketball family with his dad being a very good player at the University of Oregon,” Self said. “I actually coached against his father when I was an assistant at Oklahoma State. We look forward to having Landen and his mother, Shelly, and father be part of our basketball family. This is a very bright young man that will certainly achieve great things on the court and in the classroom for Kansas.”

Lucas joins power forward Zach Peters of Plano, Texas, and forward Perry Ellis of Wichita in KU's 2012 recruiting class.

Next season, KU will have seven players taller than 6-foot-7 (assuming Thomas Robinson goes pro): Jeff Withey, Kevin Young, Justin Wesley, Jamari Traylor, Peters, Ellis and Lucas.

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