Kalin Lucas (born May 24, 1989 in Sterling Heights, Michigan) is an American basketball player for Michigan State University. He attended St. Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan. Lucas is nicknamed "Too Easy," and more recently, "Cool Hand Lucas."
As a true freshman, Lucas immediately saw heavy playing time for the 2007-2008 Spartans, averaging 25 minutes a game. His team-leading 13.5 points per game in the first two rounds were a major component of their Sweet Sixteen run in the NCAA Tournament. During his Sophomore season, Lucas earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors, First-Team All Big Ten, 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 elected to stay his senior season at Michigan State. His achilles tendon rupture was likely a major factor in his decision. The Michigan State junior was described as being projected to be 'no more than a serviceable player', but was also praised for being 'lightning quick and battle-tested'. Draftexpress.com predicted that Lucas would be the 33rd overall pick of the draft.