Lacey to visit Kentucky

Alabama senior Trevor Lacey has scheduled an unofficial visit to Kentucky. Lacey is one of the top unsigned seniors in the class of 2011.

Alabama senior shooting guard Trevor Lacey will make an unofficial visit to Kentucky Saturday to watch the Wildcats play South Carolina.

"I am looking forward to it," said the Huntsville, Ala., standout.

Lacey, who plans to have several family members including his father with him, says he's no closer to a decision even though the national signing period opens again in less than two months. He still has Alabama, Auburn, Connecticut, Kansas and Kentucky on his final list of schools.

Lacey is coming to Kentucky mainly for two reasons — to see the campus and find out just how passionate UK basketball fans can be.

"I know their coach and the style of play. I have seen that," Lacey said. "I want to visit campus and see what campus life and the fans are like. I have heard Kentucky has the best fans in America. I want to be able to use my own judgment about that."

Kentucky fans could make a big impression on me much like they did on Daniel Orton two years ago when he committed to UK while on a visit from Oklahoma.

"The atmosphere at the game could make an impact on my decision," Lacey said. "I do want to go to school where basketball is important.

"It's hard to tell about fans on TV. The commentators talk about Kentucky a lot, but I would like to witness it on my own. I am the kind of person that if you tell me not to put my hand in the fire because I will get burned, I will still put my hand in there and see if I do get burned. I want to see what the fans are like for myself and not go by what somebody else tells me."

His team is 27-2 going into Friday night's subregional game and his family will leave early Saturday for Kentucky.

"We want to get there early enough to eat and see as much of the campus as we can," he said.

He's hoping to get to talk to Kentucky freshmen Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb, two players he already knows.

"They usually bring recruits into the locker room after the game. I went to camp with Doron, but I know Brandon the most. I also knew Eric (Bledsoe) and DeMarcus (Cousins) from last year. But I want to know what Brandon and Doron might say," Lacey said.

He also knows UK's four signees — Marquis Teague, Michael Gilchrist, Kyle Wiltjer and Anthony Davis.

"I know all of them, but it is not like I have a best friend relationship with any of them," Lacey said. "But I could easily see myself blending in with them. They are all so good. I could see myself getting a lot of points off them with teams focusing on them and me getting open shots."

Lacey knows there have been questions about his academics and whether he'll be eligible next year — the reason he's yet to take an official visit.

"Academically, things are going well," Lacey said. "I am staying on top of everything. I expect to be eligible next year. I'm taking care of the stuff I have to do."

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