KDFC: Lacey breaks down recruitment

LOUISVILLE -- Trevor Lacey is one of the few uncommitted prospects participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival Class. He broke down his recruitment to Scout.com prior to heading to the first practice session.

The end is in sight for one of Scout.com's last remaining uncommitted 2011 prospects.

Trevor Lacey, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard out of Huntsville (Ala.) Butler, is down to five schools – Alabama, Auburn, Connecticut, Kansas and Kentucky – and is set to take a final visit in a week.

"It's been great getting to hear from different programs and hearing what they have to offer," Lacey told Scout.com. "I'm just taking my time and making sure I make the best decision for me."

Prior to making his decision, Lacey, a four-star prospect, will take a visit to Lawrence (Kans.) and check out what the Jayhawks have to offer. Lacey is set to visit Kansas the weekend of April 30th.

"Bill Self at first they weren't on me as hard as they are now because they thought Selby and the twins were coming back so they were pretty sold on their program," he said. "But once they all declared they came in pretty hard and they told me I had an opportunity to come in right away and play and put up some big time points."

Lacey said he appreciated that Kansas was upfront with him about the recruiting process and where they stood prior to some of their prospects declaring for the draft.

"I understood the situation and I appreciate them being straight up about the situation and telling me that I would play, but these guys have been here and they knew what they were capable of," Lacey said.

"They were explaining to me how I deserve to go out and play at a freshman. But the situation they had wasn't really looking good for a freshman. I would have played but not like I have."

Connecticut is another school that has really stepped up their recruitment recently. Their style of play is one of the main reasons he's considering them.

"UConn just won a national championship which is a good thing," he said. "Coach Calhoun is a legendary coach and what he has to offer is really good. I see that they let their players play."

Also under consideration is a pair of state schools – Alabama and Auburn.

Lacey cited Anthony Grant and their recent success as a few of the reasons he's considering the Crimson Tide.

"With Alabama [I like the] style of play and coach Grant is a good guy and a great recruiter," Lacey said. "He's turned the program around. They get after it defensively, which is something that I really want to work on and get good at."

"They have breakdown guards, but didn't have anyone to kick it out to this year. I feel like I can step in and feel that role."

According to Lacey, Tony Barbee has done a good job selling him on the fact that he could be apart of a three-guard line up in the dribble-drive offense at Auburn.

"Auburn is a team that struggled this year," he said. "They have a new coaching staff that will run the dribble drive offense and they have two top 50 guards that were sitting out this year and they are talking about me tagging along with the three guard backcourt. They said that'd be a plus for them."

John Calipari and Kentucky have been in the mix for Lacey for quite some time, and he'll actually play within state borders at the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic this weekend.

"Kentucky is going to be great every year with or without me," he said when asked about the Wildcats. "With me they are saying with the guys they have in Gilchrist and Teague breaking down guys off the dribble and Kyle and Davis drawing double teams down low I could be that spot up shooter."

"With all the guys coming back and me coming I'm not the type of guy that is all about me," he added. "I want to win. So if they were all still there I would still feel the same way about Kentucky."

Although Lacey still doesn't have a time frame on when he plans to make his college choice, he is aware of the last day he can sign a Letter of Intent.

"The last day is May 18," he told Scout.com. "But I'm not sure if it will last that long."


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