"I hope to have a decision made here in the next couple of weeks, "Lacey told InsideCarolina.com on Friday night. "I'm going to NCSU next weekend, North Carolina on the 14th and 15th and then I scheduled a visit with Miami shortly after that. I've talked with Arizona some, but haven't made a move on that."
After deciding last month to transfer, Lacey said playing in the ACC was a natural fit.
"The ACC is a powerhouse conference," he said. "Carolina and Miami and N.C. State are all basketball schools, they all have great coaches and play a style, kind of up-tempo, that I'm looking to play."
Lacey knows Miami guard Shane Larkin from teaming up on the AAU circuit, but the two haven't been able to connect yet to discuss Coach Jim Larranaga and the Hurricanes. N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried has Alabama ties from his tenure leading the Crimson Tide, and then re-started his recruitment of Lacey when he took the Wolfpack job. Lacey is along longtime friends with LSU-to-N.C. State transfer Ralston Turner. Lacey said he knows UNC wing P.J Hairston well, as the two competed against each other during their high school careers and attended many of the same skills camps.
The interest between UNC and Lacey is mutual. Though the Tar Heels didn't seriously recruit him out of high school, they've watched his college tape and like what he brings to the table.
"I've talked to Coach (Roy) Williams three or four times and Coach (Steve) Robinson about every other day," he said. "We really don't talk much about basketball much; the biggest issue for me is finishing up school strong and then getting on their campus.
"(Coach Williams) didn't really go into detail; Honestly, we didn't say much over the phone. It's just touching base with me and getting me on campus, when I guess all the business will be talked."
When Lacey starts his official visits he hopes to interact with students on campus and get a better feel for each atmosphere, as well as the coaches. He said he already knows a good amount about Williams's Tar Heel program.
"I know every year they have some top players and they're one of the leading teams in scoring every year," Lacey explained. "Coach Williams, his name says it all. He's a great coach and it'd be an honor to play for him."
Lacey started 52 games in two seasons at Alabama, including all 36 last season, averaging 11.3 points and shooting 37.3% on three-point attempts, as a sophomore. He hit four or more three-pointers five times during the 2012-13 campaign.
Lacey played both guard spots for the Crimson Tide, leading the team in both assists (3.2) and made three-pointers (62) last season. He was also the only player on the roster to start all 36 games.
"I'm a combo guard with good size and I'm a good passer," said Lacey. "You can consider me a solid three-point shooter and an above-average athlete. I do whatever it takes to win and I'm not a selfish person. I'll try and make the right basketball play every time. Whatever it takes to win, that sums me up."
Lacey was was a two-time Mr. Basketball in Alabama. He signed in the final days of his senior year, choosing Alabama over offers from finalists Auburn, Kansas, Kentucky and UConn.
A part of Lacey's urgency to complete the process in the next couple of weeks comes from the way his high school recruitment ended.
"I won't commit after just one visit," he said. "I just feel like, to be fair to me, I should weigh my options out, but not drag it along like I did in high school."
And what factors will help Lacey make a decision?
"I looked at the rosters from each school I'm interested in for the next couple of years," he said. "You want to step into a situation with a great supporting cast. (I want to be) in a situation where you're not the only guy and can play and compete with great guys every day in practice and become a better player every day."