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Lacey Moves Towards State Title

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Hunter McClintock tries to draw a charge on Lacey

Yesteday, Trevor Lacey went to work in the Alabama High School State tournament, scoring 37 of his teams 57 points in their 20-point win. Butler continues on after winning the Northwest Regional of the 4A class in Alabama. His team takes their 3o-2 record and  #1 ranking to Birmingham next Wednesday morning. Their opponent, Midfield, is ranked #3. This article mentions his big game, as well as the small fan club of girls who approached Lacey. His monster season has surely solidified his second straight Mr. Basketball award. A different article from the same newspaper discusses how Trevor has become a legend in the state of Alabama, the ‘same dirt’ of Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins. It also mentions his academic struggles that we have heard so much about:

While Butler coach Jack Doss said his star’s “drive to be an All-American” sets him apart on the court, he doesn’t show the same ambition in the classroom. Lacey admittedly has not been the student he could be, leading to rampant speculation that he might not qualify to enter college. He insists he will.

His teachers aren’t completely faulted, if at all. He failed the fourth grade at Montview, went to Monte Sano and then Huntsville Middle School, where he sat out halves of seventh- and eighth-grade years because of grade trouble.

Lacey said he’s going to take the ACT on April 9 because he wants to get a higher score and make it easier to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse. His dad said he thinks it’s “a done deal” he’ll qualify. However, William Pride added, he has talked to experts about overseas basketball to give his son an option if he doesn’t make a high enough score.

Really strange hearing that his father is strongly weighing the option of going to Brandon Jennings route if he cannot qualify. Can’t blame him, though, he it means a year without basketball or JuCo. Lacey knowingly dreamed of getting an official UK offer for months, ever since Cal came to Lexington. Does he have real one now? Maybe. He says he knows where he wants to go. Honestly, he has probably known for quite some time that he wanted to attend UK, but at this point, it still seems like the decision in is in the hand of Cal and Lacey’s academics. Stay tuned for April 13, when he makes an announcement.

Article written by Chris Thomas

18 Comments for Lacey Moves Towards State Title



  1. WooTang Clan
    5:48 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    How old is this kid? Repeated the 4th grade and sat out half of the 7th and 8th grades. Does that make him 20-21 already?



  2. Mr Schwump
    5:51 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    1, started to school when he was 2.



  3. scott
    5:52 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    do we even know that we are the school he is picking?



  4. Forget this Kid
    5:52 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Move on UK. Forget this kid. Go sign someone that can pass high school.



  5. AKA cold buckets
    5:55 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    I expect a Thamel article once this kid commits to UK. Whatever….as long as he’s eligible then get him in blue.



  6. Bg Cat
    6:04 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Gotta Agree With 4. If The Bledsoe Investigation Taught Us Anything , It Should Be Uk Should Stay Away From Kids That Are Having Trouble Qualifying. People Are Out To Get Cal , So Its Not Worth The Risk, Especially When Uk Recruits As Well As It Does.



  7. level 9 pissed
    6:09 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t think we need a season of drama over a role players academics IMO.



  8. CO2 is safe
    6:14 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    You guyz are nuts! Kid is the second coming of Jodie Meeks! Sign him, Cal. You all prob sad Michael Avery is not walking through the door!



  9. Wall2Cousins
    6:40 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Eric Bledsoe 2.0



  10. Fishersblue
    7:04 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t understand the quote about his qualifying being a “done deal.” Why would you take the test again to ensure it passes the NCAA Clearinghouse if you’ve already qualified?



  11. nKy_UK_fan
    7:09 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    Thamel is salivating



  12. bakert
    7:21 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    “strongly weighing the option of going to Brandon Jennings route” – really? His dad has made some inquiries about the possibility of him doing this if he doesn’t qualify. Which, in the sentence before that, he says is a “done deal.” I expect this kind of stuff from Tipton, but not from here.



  13. HST
    7:41 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    “I don’t think we need a season of drama over a role players academics IMO”

    Exactly. And if the NCAA gets us again, the drama will last longer than a season. Bet on it.



  14. HuntsVegas
    8:20 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    he didn’t sit out the 2nd half of his 7th and 8th grades, just basketball…….



  15. Jason
    8:22 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    “Lacey knowingly dreamed of getting an official UK offer for months, ever since Cal came to Lexington”

    Is this site serious? Where the heck did you get that? Stop pretending you have sources of info on him. Wow. This site is dying.



  16. Megan
    8:24 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    If we want him, and it appears he’s eligible, we’re going to have to investigate as deeply as the NCAA. Affidavits from his core-class teachers, every grade book, the works. In a way, the Bledsoe experience should make it easier. You don’t give up on the kid because he’s academically marginal, but you better damn well cover your butts.



  17. HuntsVegas
    8:28 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    15. Memphis was recruiting before Cal came over. Trevor likes Kentucky and there are a lot who would like him to stay in state. MOST talent leaves to be appreciated.



  18. NBA league pass
    9:54 pm February 27, 2011 Permalink

    If he qualifies and passes clearinghouse, then we should take him. Case closed. There are plenty of guys playing for other teams that aren’t rhodes scholars and nobody has a problem with it, hell, look at the Cardinals.