HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- Trevor Lacey, the state's two-time Mr.
Basketball, has signed to play for the University of Alabama.
The highly rated shooting guard announced his decision Wednesday
in Butler High School's auditorium.
"It felt like it was home," Lacey said. "I've developed a
great relationship with coach (Anthony) Grant and the players."
He signed the national letter of intent on stage after telling
his mother "Happy Birthday" and presenting her with flowers.
Rivals.com rates the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Lacey as a five-star
recruit and the nation's 24th-best prospect after he led Butler to
three state championships. He averaged 31.4 points, 8.0 rebounds,
3.1 steals and 2.6 assists en route to another title last season.
"Trevor has defined himself as an ultimate winner throughout
his high school career by leading his teams to three state
championships at Butler High School under legendary coach Jack
Doss," Grant said. "He possesses tremendous individual skills and
talents, but what is most impressive is his basketball character
and IQ. He is about winning and possesses the ability to affect
winning in a variety of ways."
Lacey was a four-time first-team all-state pick by the Alabama
Sports Writers Association. Former Crimson Tide point guard Ronald
Steele is the only other two-time Mr. Basketball in the state.
Lacey chose the Crimson Tide over Kansas, Kentucky and Auburn.
He joins four earlier signees in a class that was already ranked
12th in nation by Rivals. Grant has landed three members of ASWA's
Two-time Class 6A Player of the Year Levi Randolph, guard Rodney
Cooper, forward Nick Jacobs and center Moussa Gueye have also
signed with the Tide.
Alabama won the Southeastern Conference Western Division last
season and advanced to the championship game of the National
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