January 12, 2011

Lacey remains top target for Tide

Alabama basketball has secured a stellar 2011 signing class already and is looking to add one more piece to finish off what could be one of the SEC's top overall classes. Huntsville (AL) Butler shooting guard Trevor Lacey remains one of the Tide's top targets for the 2011 class and the four-star prospect is in the midst of a strong senior season.

"It's going pretty good for me so far," Lacey said. "My jump shot has really improved from where it was last season and I've really been working hard on that in the offseason. I'm averaging about 39 points per game right now and I'm really starting to pick it up on defense too."

"I've been so busy the last few weeks with basketball and school, I haven't had time for visits," Lacey said. "So far I don't have anything schedule yet. I want to take visits to Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky and UConn but I will have to make those visits kind of at the last minute, whenever my schedule opens up and allows me to make the trip."

Lacey, rated the nation's No. 7 shooting guard by Rivals.com, said the Crimson Tide's appeal with him lies in both their style of play and their status as the home state school.

"I haven't had much of a chance to watch any of the schools play this season so far but I know Alabama has done well the last few games. Alabama is always going to be up there for me because it's the home state school and the style of play Coach Grant runs really fits me well. Being the home state school is not so much about the distance from my family and friends really, because they'll come see me wherever I play. It's more of an emotional thing, that idea of playing for the school you and all your friends grew up rooting for."

Anthony Grant's strong 2011 recruiting class, featuring three members of the Rivals150 already, is also a major factor in the Tide's appeal to Lacey.

"I really like Alabama's recruiting class this year a lot. I know Levi Randolph, Rodney Cooper and Nick Jacobs really well. They are all great players and great guys and I'm pretty sure they are going to have a lot of success at Alabama together. Having the chance to play with them is definitely a plus for Alabama."

Lacey is rated as the nation's No. 34 overall prospect for the Class of 2011.

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