Lucas as a Michigan State Spartan
|No. 27 – Memphis Grizzlies|
May 24, 1989 |
Sterling Heights, Michigan
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||St. Mary's Preparatory
(Orchard Lake, Michigan)
|College||Michigan State (2007–2011)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kalin Jay Lucas (born May 24, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. He attended St. Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan and played college basketball for Michigan State University.
As a freshman, Lucas immediately saw heavy playing time for the 2007–08 Spartans, averaging 25.1 minutes per game. His team-leading 13.5 points per game in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament were a major component of their Sweet Sixteen run.
During his sophomore season, Lucas earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors, All-Big Ten first team selection, and was named Michigan State's MVP, all while carrying the Spartans to the National Championship game against North Carolina. He led MSU in scoring (14.7 ppg), field goals made (173) and attempted (438), free throws made (172) and attempted (213), assists (4.6 apg) and minutes (31.9 mpg), while ranking second in steals (39).
Lucas continued to lead the Spartans in his junior season, as he earned All-Big Ten first team honors and was also named Co-MVP of the team, along with Raymar Morgan. On January 26, 2010, Lucas made a mid-range jumper at Michigan with 3.5 seconds remaining, which gave Michigan State a one-point lead, and eventually a 57-56 victory over their in-state rivals. He struggled to stay healthy the rest of the season, spraining his ankle a month before the Big Ten Tournament and eventually rupturing his achilles tendon in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament against Maryland. Lucas' season was instantly put to an end, but the Spartans rallied, making their way to a second straight Final Four appearance.
Lucas was voted Team MVP and All-Big Ten second team during his senior season. He finished his four-year career at Michigan State as the school's all-time leader in free-throws made (507) and attempted (637). He is also one of just four Spartans to total 1,500 career points and 500 career assists, finishing his career with 1,996 total points.
Lucas went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft. On July 23, 2011, he signed with Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League. On January 24, 2012, he was released by Olympiacos. Five days later, he signed with Banvit of Turkey for the rest of the 2011–12 season.
On September 27, 2013, Lucas signed with the Chicago Bulls. However, he was later waived by the Bulls on October 2, 2013. In November 2013, he was acquired by the Iowa Energy as an affiliate player.
- "Kalin Lucas Player Profile". RealGM.com. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
- "Michigan State Makes Seventh Trip To Sweet 16 In Last 11 Seasons". msuspartans.com. March 25, 2008. Retrieved September 17, 2014.
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