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Lucas Elliott paving his own way in Southern Arizona

Posted at 8:57 PM, Dec 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-08 22:57:14-05

Despite coming from a basketball family, Lucas Elliott didn't lace up his sneakers until he was in the seventh grade

Standing at six foot *nine* the sophomore towers over his classmates. The height and genetics helps a lot, says Elliott.

Defense and shooting are coming easily to the Pusch Ridge rising star, but it’s one assist for which his family is best known.

And if you're wondering, yes, Lucas is the son of Noel Elliott.  Who donated a kidney to his brother, Sean Elliott.

That well documented Memorial Day miracle, when Elliot nailed a 3 pointer with his heels hovering over the sideline, happened back in 1999, before Lucas was even born.

“I have the little card in my room that's the 3-D card that you turn and it makes it makes it seem like you see him make the shot.  It's kind of amazing to see that”, says Lucas.

Some say nephew and uncle have a similar game.  But comparison aside, Lucas plays basketball for himself.

“I don't feel any pressure to do this.  This is all my decision and I’m loving it, every step of it, and it's going great for me right now,” says Lucas.

Head coach Dave Thomas believes Lucas stands on his own, family roots aside.

“Lucas is very grateful that his dad played basketball, he's very grateful that his uncle played basketball at the university of Arizona. But if you meet Lucas, he's so happy go lucky that, I don't think he thinks that far ahead, he's just enjoying himself,” said Thomas.

Lucas may have started the game fairly recently, but he just might have a long career.  He's already fielded offers from D-1 schools like Portland State and Northern Arizona as well as an unofficial visit with the U of A.