"Coach (John) Calipari mostly, the style of play and I know I will have a great supporting cast of teammates and I will not be the only player there," said Lacey as he explained why he has UK on his list along with Kansas, Connecticut, Auburn and Alabama. "Kentucky is one school I will visit."
Kentucky already has commitments from Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer. That's enough even without Lacey to likely give Calipari a third straight No. 1 recruiting class.
"That is a big positive for me knowing those players are going to be there. I have played against MIchael Gilchrist three times throughout my AAU career and Teague once. I have not played against Davis , but he is a cool person. We actually played ping pong when we were together a lot at the LeBron James Camp," Lacey, who said he beat Davis in ping pong, said.
"I like Gilchrist's game a lot. He can bring so many things to the table. One night if his jump shot is not on, he is 6-7 and he can post up a little guard or big man come out he can go around them. He just has an all-around game."
He also knows Kentucky freshman point guard Brandon Knight because he played AAU basketball with him two years ago.
"It was different at first. He didn't really know me too well, but as we played together he gained trust in me and saw that I could help him out and he is a good player to play with. He is very humble and I heard he is very, very intelligent and made like a 34 on the ACT," Lacey, who took the ACT Saturday, said.
"Doc talked to me and told me some little things that I needed to work on. He said I had a nice game and if I continued to work hard, I would probably have a shot (at playing in the NBA) but he said I needed to keep working and stay humble," Lacey said.
The 6-4, 210-pound Lacey did pay attention to the success Alabama products Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins had at Kentucky last year. His Huntsville Butler High School won the 2009 state title after Bledsoe's team beat Cousins' team in the semifinals.
"Kentucky was recruiting me before Calipari was there. They (Bledsoe and Cousins) are real good friends, but not best friends because we all are from different cities. When we see each other, we speak," Lacey said. "By them going there and having a big impact, it makes me pay attention.
"I talk to DeMarcus n Facebook and he says this is a good school to be at. They told coach Cal and coach O (Orlando Antigua) about me and that's how they kind of got recruiting me. They recruited me at Memphis, but not like they really needed me. Now they kind of want me to come."