Johnnie Lacy, a 5-10, 160 pound point guard, decided on Tuesday to cast his lot with the Friars. Lacy, who had spent the previous three years at Bay View High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is at Notre Dame Prep this season.
Considered one of the most explosive players to come out of Wisconsin in several years, Lacy can score with anyone. He averaged 21.7 ppg last year, and had a number of 30 point outings. He also recorded 47 points, which included eight three-pointers, in one AAU game.
Teaming with Friar recruit Antoine Allen in the backcourt, Notre Dame Prep is off to a 7-1 start, and the duo are considered unpressable. Lacy is a dynamic ballhandler with a great handle and the ability to break down defenses and get into the lane at will. Once there, he either finishes extremely well for his size or dishes off with flair.
Very strong with the ball, Lacy jumps well for his size and is able to absorb contact and finish. A solid, pesky defender, Lacy can be a streaky shooter, but is tough to stop when he's on. Although Lacy has a scorer's mentality, he is considered very adept at handling the ball and running a team, as well.
"Johnnie felt it was a good fit," Bryan Johnikin, who coached Lacy on the travel-team circuit for many years, told Mark Miller of the Wisconsin Sports Network. "The Providence coaches told Johnnie he could come in and contribute right away. He also loved the small school atmosphere at Providence and the fact basketball is the main thing on campus since there is no football team."
Recruited by Wisconsin, Indiana, Texas, Tennessee, Minnesota, Penn State, Marquette and Purdue, Lacy's decision came down to Providence or Tennessee. In the end, the lure of playing in the Big East was impossible to resist.
"The coaching staff at Providence said they will put the ball in my hands right away as a freshman," Lacy told Miller on Tuesday afternoon. "I'm also looking forward to competing in the Big East Conference."
Rodell Davis was the lead recruiter with Lacy. "He's pretty cool," Lacy told Evan Daniels of Scout about the Providence assistant. "He's from Chicago and near where I'm from and we have a lot of the same background and we related a lot. He's a pretty cool guy."
Lacy, who is rated as the nation's 12th best point guard prospect by Scout.com, and is highly regarded by other recruiting services as well, becomes the sixth member of Providence's recruiting class, and the Friars have one more scholarship to grant, but that will happen between now and the spring. For now, the staff can take a deep breath and realize that they've landed a strong first class.
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