April 17, 2011

Lacey visits Alabama during A-Day

A-Day attracted many of the top football recruits from across the southeast, but it wasn't just football players who were in Tuscaloosa this weekend. The University of Alabama's top basketball target Trevor Lacey was also in town.

"It was great," Lacey said. I visited the classrooms, the freshmen dorm, the gym. I went to A-Day and hung out with the players.
"It was crazy. It was almost filled up for a scrimmage game. I sat with Trevor Releford and Ben (Eblen) and a couple other recruits."

The combo guard from Huntsville arrived in Tuscaloosa on Friday and went out to dinner with the coaching staff. After Saturday's spring game, Lacey went and hung out with Releford and Eblen, the Crimson Tide's two point guards.

"I went over to Trevor's room and chilled over there, played video games," Lacey said. "Trevor's been telling me they need somebody to come in and shoot the 3-point shot."

On Sunday, Lacey ate with the coaching staff again and went over to Coleman Coliseum before driving back home.

During his visit, Lacey said he had Alabama fans come up to him, asking him for an autograph or telling him to come to UA. He couldn't even check into his hotel without being recognized.

"When I was in the hotel, a lot of fans were getting rooms for A-Day, and a couple of them noticed me," Lacey said. "I signed a couple autographs, and a guy was telling me how he remembered what Alabama basketball used to be, and how it's right back with the same opportunity now."

Despite a good visit, Lacey still has no favorite and isn't sure when he will make a decision. Not long after he returned to Huntsville, Kentucky head coach John Calipari showed up for an in-home visit with the star guard.

"He was just talking about everything, the situation at Kentucky, the guys who are going pro and who is coming back," Lacey said. "He's the one checking out the situation and telling them, 'You can't turn this opportunity down' or 'You need to come back for one more year.'"

Lacey indicated that he wants to see which underclassmen opt to enter the NBA Draft before making a decision. Kentucky has three or four players who have the potential to leave school early.

Kansas head coach Bill Self is scheduled to make an in-home visit with Lacey on Monday.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at [email protected]

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