With Tar Heel basketball head coach Roy Williams hot on the recruiting trail to land his final wing for the class of 2014, another turn of events came up. University of Alabama sophomore, Trevor Lacey, announced his intent to transfer due to a family decision to pursue other opportunities. Lacey led the Crimson Tide in both three point shooting and assists. Wherever Lacey decides to go he will have to sit out a year before playing, but he will have two more years of eligibility afterwards. Also wherever Lacey decides to transfer, he will provide that team with excellent shooting and physical guard play. Why are we reporting this? Because UNC is the rumored favorite and an official visit is scheduled for Tuesday May 14th, 2013.
Coming out of high school, Trevor Lacey was a top 100 recruit on every recruiting site (top 50 on most) and drew interest from a lot of top programs. Some of his suitors included “blue bloods” Kentucky and Kansas, as well as other prestigious programs such as UCONN and Tar Heel rival NC State. Lacey ended up staying in state to play locally for the Crimson Tide when it was all said and done.
Lacey was an electrifying guard who ran the floor and stopped and shot wherever he wanted to. He possessed a raw talent for handling the ball and passing, but was molded in to a point guard/two guard hybrid at Alabama. His all around 11.3 points and 3.2 assists per game reflect him playing multiple roles and not really specializing in one position. Like most shooting guards that Roy recruits, he looks for the ones that play similarly to onesthat he’s coached in the past and in this case Lacey is very similar to Wayne Ellington . A big game player who can shoot and run the floor very well and finishes in transition. He also draws some comparisons to current Tar Heels PJ Hairston as well because he posseses a big frame at 6-3, 215 and has the ability to get physical and hit the boards hard for rebounds. The Tar Heels would be a perfect fit for the rising Junior.
Alabama in the past has been good to the Tar Heels with big man Justin Knox coming to grad school at UNC to complete one more year of eligibility. With Lacey having to sit out the 2013-14 season he will be practicing against top competition every day like PJ, who will more then likely depart to the NBA, and Leslie McDonald, who will graduate. Practicing against that caliber will make him a better player as well as learn their roles when he would eventually replace them and be ready to pick up things without missing much of beat. Even if Lacey commits, don’t expect the race to be over for the other guards. I believe that Roy will continue to purrsue the other guards that he’s offered for 2014 even though he’s vocalized multiple times that he only has one more spot (assuming PJ stays for his senior season). Current 2014 commits Justin Jackson and Joel Berry both committed almost immediately after their official so if the trend continues, Lacey could be the next Heel very soon!