Class of 2011 shooting guard Trevor Lacey (#37) committed to the Crimson Tide moments ago over Kansas and Kentucky which gives Alabama their second top 50 shooting guard along with Levi Randolph (#31).
“It was a very difficult decision because I had great choices,” Lacey said. “My relationship and trust with [Alabama coach Anthony Grant] set the Crimson Tide apart. I also feel the University of Alabama will provide the best opportunity for me when basketball is over. I love the people in Alabama.”
“I felt like it was home,” adds Lacey. “I had a great relationship with coach [Anthony] Grant and the players.”
Lacey has said all along that playing time and the school’s fan base would be two factors in his decision and it seemed like he really warmed up to the Crimson Tide crowd when they chanted his name at the Alabama vs. Miami (FL) NIT game, just one of multiple visits he made to Alabama basketball games.
Lacey, who was the top unsigned prospect left on the board, will be joining small forward Rodney Cooper, power forward Nick Jacobs and center Moussa Gueye in addition to Randolph. Alabama head coach Anthony Grant has done an excellent job reeling in top in-state talent as Lacey, Randolph and Cooper are all Alabama natives.
He will fit in very nicely at Alabama next year since the Crimson Tide ranked 235th in points per game last year and have only one guard returning who averaged above five points a game. Lacey is a great shooter who has outstanding range and consistency and can both catch and shoot and shoot off the dribble at a high level. He can also shoot coming off a pick and with guys in his face. The bottom line about him is he won’t wow you with his athleticism but he does have good size and strength for the two-guard and he can put up big-time numbers.
As for Kentucky, the other school considered to be one of his favorites, Lacey said he was worried about playing time since the Wildcats will be “loaded” next year.
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