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Edward Howard "Eddie" Lucas (born July 14, 1975)[1] is an American retired professional basketball player and current production manager for Highland Construction

Eddie Lucas
Personal information
Born (1975-07-14) July 14, 1975 (age 43)
Groton, Connecticut
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolRedlands (Redlands, California)
College
NBA draft1999 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2000–2002
PositionShooting guard
Career history
2000Libertad de Sunchales
2000Hermine de Nantes Atlantique
2000Spartak Saint Petersburg
2001–2002Unia Tarnów
2001–2002Bnei Herzliya/Bnei HaSharon

Lucas was taken with the last pick of the 1999 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. He was not offered a spot on the team, and spent three seasons playing for professional teams in Argentina, France, Russia, Israel, and Poland.[2]

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Early life and collegeEdit

In his senior year at Redlands High School in Redlands, California, he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and averaged 20.2 points and was named to the 1A All State team. Lucas started his college career at the United States Naval Academy where he earned All League Patriot Honors in his sophomore year. After transferring to Virginia Tech, Lucas lead the Hokies in scoring at 15.1 points per game in his senior season.[3] At Virginia Tech, Lucas majored in civil engineering.[4]

Basketball careerEdit

In the 1999 NBA Draft, Lucas was the 58th and final overall pick, selected by the Utah Jazz. However, Lucas never played in the NBA. In addition, the United States Basketball League team Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs drafted Lucas in the fifth round of the 1999 USBL Draft.[5] The Sioux Falls Skyforce cut Lucas before the 1999–2000 Continental Basketball Association season.[6]

In January 2000, Lucas signed with the Argentine team Libertad de Sunchales[7] and signed with the French team Hermine de Nantes Atlantique the following month.[8] With Nantes, Lucas averaged 18.7 points and 3.9 rebounds per game on 51% shooting.[9] Later in 2000, Lucas joined Russian team BC Spartak Saint Petersburg, then the Israeli Bnei Herzliya (later Bnei HaSharon) in January 2001 and would leave the team in 2002.[10]

Post-basketball careerEdit

After retiring from basketball, Lucas and former American football player Chris James founded Interactive Drills, an athletic training company.[11] Lucas also earned a master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a specialty in Construction Management from Virginia Tech. Since 2011, Lucas has lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Draft Spotlight: Edward Lucas". 12 February 2001. Archived from the original on 2001-02-12.
  2. ^ "Eddie Lucas Basketball Player Profile, Bnei Hertzeliyya, Virginia Tech, News, Winner League stats, Career, Games Logs, Bests, Awards - eurobasket.com".
  3. ^ http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/Archives/1999/99278.html
  4. ^ Crumbley, Liz. "Adversity no barrier to Lucas". The Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Newsletter. Summer 1999. pp. 1, 8, 9.
  5. ^ Williams, Andre (April 8, 1999). "United States Basketball League Draft 'Dawgs Net Brett Valleydawgs Take Lehigh's Eppehimer With The First Pick". The Morning Call. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Skyforce cut three and announce final roster. KELO: November 17, 1999.
  7. ^ Boca recibe a Libertad. Clarin.com: Jan. 13, 2000.
  8. ^ 11/02/2000 - PRO B (French)
  9. ^ "Pro Exposure Online- FRANCE PRO A ACCUMS".
  10. ^ Eddie Lucas. Eurobasket (Lithuanian). Accessed April 13, 2012.
  11. ^ Lucas, Eddie. "About Us".
  12. ^ "Eddie Lucas - LinkedIn".

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