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Former KU forward Landen Lucas signs deal to play pro ball for Tokyo team

Landen Lucas (left) played at KU from 2013-2017.
Landen Lucas (left) played at KU from 2013-2017. rsugg@kcstar.com

Former Kansas forward Landen Lucas will play professional basketball for Toyota Alvark Tokyo in Japan during the 2017-18 season, the team announced Tuesday on its official Website.

Alvark Tokyo officials indicated the 6-foot-10 Lucas “reached a basic agreement” with the squad.

Lucas’ mom, Shelley, on her sidelinesportsmom.com blog on Monday night explained that Landen had secured a three-year deal but could opt out after a year if he wishes to pursue the NBA. He recently completed a stint with the Boston Celtics in which he played in the Las Vegas Summer League.

“I am very excited to be joining the team as a member of Alvark Tokyo. I am looking forward to joining (the) coaching staff and teammates. I appreciate (them) giving me the opportunity to play basketball in Japan. I will work hard so that (the) team and fans can succeed so please give me support,” Landen Lucas said on the team’s website in a statement translated to English.

Lucas lived in Japan during his elementary school years and speaks Japanese. His dad, Richard, played pro ball in Japan.

“He signed a great contract and is very excited,” Shelley Lucas wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Landen, by the way, will wear jersey No. 9 in the pros instead of his KU number 33. His mom indicated, “he has been wanting to wear No. 9, it’s always been a favorite number of his.”

Bagley to visit USC, Zona?

Marvin Bagley, the No. 1 high school prospect in the recruiting class of 2018, who may reclassify and play college basketball this season, will visit USC on Wednesday through Friday and Arizona the first week of August, according to Zagsblog.com and scout.com.

Bagley visited Duke last weekend. Duke is considered the favorite to land the 6-10 senior forward from Sierra Canyon High in Chatsworth, Calif.

He also has Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA on his list. KU hasn’t been mentioned much in media reports of late, ostensibly because Bagley hasn’t set up a campus visit.

Bagley’s father is from Durham, N.C., home of the Blue Devils and Marvin’s grandmother currently lives in Durham. Bagley originally is from Arizona. He attended Tempe Corona Del Sol High School and Phoenix Hillcrest Prep before transferring to Sierra Canyon, where he averaged 24.6 points and 10.1 rebounds a game last season.

It has been speculated that Bagley still has to complete some coursework if he hopes to reclassify to the class of 2017. Reclassifying has been in the news because it’s become apparent Bagley would be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft if he can fulfill his one-and-done college season in 2017-18.

Reid, Quinerly update

Sports U AAU teammates Naz Reid and Jahvon Quinerly have been talking seriously about attending the same college.

Power forward Reid, the No. 13-ranked player in the recruiting class of 2018 by Rivals.com, and point guard Quinerly, the No. 15-rated player, have four common schools on their lists: Kansas, Arizona, UCLA and Seton Hall.

They have talked about visiting KU and UCLA on the same weekends.

“Me and Jahvon are going to set that up. We haven’t really decided on the dates but we are going to set it up,” Reid, a 6-10 senior from Roselle Catholic High School in Asbury Park, N.J., told madehoops.com. Quinerly is a 6-0 senior from Hudson Catholic High in Hackensack, N.J.

“I know that I am going to see UCLA and Kansas, but don’t know the dates yet,” Reid added.

Of the two possibly attending the same college, Reid said: “I would say if we have the chance to we will. We aren’t avoiding each other if we pick another school. If we get the chance to play together we definitely will.”

Quinerly also has Villanova, Virginia and Stanford on his list of schools. Reid has already visited LSU and also has Kentucky and Louisville on his list. Reid also happens to be good buddies with point guard Javonte Smart, who has committed to LSU, and incoming LSU freshman guard Tremont Waters.

“Yeah, no doubt we could go to school together,” Reid told Zagsblog.com, referring to he and Quinerly. “I love the way he plays, he loves the way I play. He’s like my brother. Of course, we talk about a lot together. I see a lot of potential in him, and he sees a lot of potential in me. We both just have a lot of feel for each other, so why not?”

Gary Bedore: 816-234-4068, @garybedore

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