Lacey Leads Butler To Finals, Talks Auburn

Four-star prospect Trevor Lacey talks about the win over Midfield, recruiting, and the Auburn Tigers.

Birmingham, Ala.--It wasn't the performance that many expected from Butler standout Trevor Lacey as he scored just 19 points on 6-16 shooting but it was the other parts of Lacey's game that made the difference in the Rebels' 64-42 win over Midfield. Pulling down six rebounds, dishing out five assists, and turning the ball over just twice in 30 minutes, Lacey along with point guard Justin Pride set the tone for the 31-2 Rebels on the way to the 4A title game against Anniston on Friday night.

"Trevor Lacey is the best player that has ever been in this state," Doss said. "He's got 19 points and five assists and we've got four people in double figures. That's probably the first time we've had four in double figures. That goes right back to Trevor being so unselfish."

Averaging over 32 points per game this season despite double teams most of the year, Lacey and Doss knew that Midfield would be doing much of the game with big guard such as 6-3 junior Brian Bender. Because of that Lacey made up his mind early on to be more of a passer in the semifinals and it paid off for his team.

"I guess I stuck my foot in my mouth a couple of games ago when I said I wanted him to score 55," Doss said. "I told them to set the scoring record for the lowest amount (Lacey's scoring). Trevor has the green light and you're talking about somebody that has been double-teamed probably 14 or 15 times all year.

"The key is the young man is shooting over 50 percent. The good Lord has given him gifts he hasn't given other players, maybe not ever in Alabama, and he's still shooting over 50 percent. That's just a testament to what kind of kid he is. He knows the difference between a good shot and a great shot."

Lacey in action against Midfield.

With Lacey getting pressure from all angles it was up to his teammates to help carry the load and they did just that as forward Devreon Everson scored 13 points while Pride added 11 points and four assists from his point guard spot.

Still the star of the show was Lacey. The most recognizable name in college basketball recruiting in Alabama in the last decade and maybe longer, Lacey got cheers when his named was called and also got jeered some by fans hoping to see Midfield win.

"I like messing with the fans," Lacey said. "They were saying they were going to shut me down and they did a good job of it. I was just smiling at him and laughing. It's fun."

The fun lasts one more game for Lacey before the recruiting pressure really begins to hit home. Rated a four-star prospect and the #15 shooting guard in the nation by, Lacey has offers from all over the country but he said he's down to just five schools in his decision making process.

"I'm just having fun right now," Lacey said. "I'm looking at Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, UCONN, and Baylor. I'll probably make my decision on signing day."

It's no surprise to see names like Kentucky and UCONN on a list for one of the nation's best players but it has been quite some time since Auburn has been among that group. Lacey said there's a lot of things to like about the Tigers and coach Tony Barbee at the moment.

"Coach Barbee plays the up-tempo pace and the dribble-drive offense," Lacey said. "I know they have a couple of guys hurt right now with Varez Ward and Frankie Sullivan and the guy that transferred from Clemson. I see they have the potential to be a good team in the SEC with the recruiting class they have coming in, the guys from Central Park (Bernard Morena, Willy Kouassi) and the guard from Memphis (Cedrick McAfee). I know him from the Lebron (James) Camp. I think they'll be a contended in the West when they get those guys in there."

In addition Lacey has a good friend already at Auburn in freshman forward Josh Langford. He said that will play into things even though it won't influence his decision one way or another.

"He's a local guy from Huntsville," Lacey said. "He talks to me about it and tells me things but he's not pressuring me. He tells me to make my own decision."

Butler will face Anniston (21-9) in the Class 4A Finals Friday night at 8 p.m. at the BJCC.

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