DaVonté Lacy: More than a name

SOMETHING IS bugging DaVonté Lacy. It's not that his Curtis Vikings lost in the 4A state championship game – though that doesn't exactly thrill him. This issue is a bit more personal.

People never spell his name correctly.

"There are so many variations," he says with a rueful sigh. "It's two different names you can spell several different ways. I'm used to it; I've grown up with it. I'll respond to it if someone types something to me, but I will correct them." (Note: Scout.com has had it as "Devonte" since he was first built into the system. CF.C is in the process of having it corrected.)

Lacy didn't have time to do that at the Tacoma Dome, though, where his name was printed in the program with the lower-case V, and no accent.

The senior guard was too busy scoring a game-high 24 points in Curtis' 61-41 loss to Gonzaga Prep.

"It's over," he said after the game. "But if it has to be over, this is where I'd want it to end – the state championship game … It's a little bittersweet, but now I can dedicate my time to being the best Cougar I can be."

THAT STARTS with his personal list of getting stronger, quicker, faster and working on his ball-handling.

Not that the 6-foot-3 Lacy has lacked for ball skills during his three years in blue and white, said Curtis coach Tim Kelly. In fact, he credits his star player for getting them to the state championship game.

"He's an all-around player," Kelly said in calling Lacy one of the best players he has coached. "He defends, he rebounds, he distributes the ball, he's strong, he makes buckets and shoots the 3.

"He's going to have a great career, and I can't wait to watch him play at WSU."

Neither can Lacy.

While the Cougars' depth at guard means immediate playing time will be a challenge, it won't be for lack of effort on Lacy's part.

"It's all about how I come out in the summer and offseason," he said. "I'm going to earn as much playing time as I can and come and work as hard as I can."

LACY, WHO PLAYS his AAU ball for the Northwest Panthers, said that he is in frequent contact with coach Ken Bone and his staff.

"The coaches are really cool," he said. "I like that a lot, that I can talk to them as a person and as a coach. For the next four years, that's what I need. I don't need a coach who's going to be on my back; I need someone who's going to help me through though situations because this is the longest I'm going to be away from my parents and my family."

Lacy took his official visit to Wazzu in the fall for Midnight Madness and also attended the Arizona football game.

"I loved the atmosphere," he said. "On game day, everyone loves that team. There's no better place to be in Washington."

Lacy said he plans to start classes this summer, and while he has yet to decide on a major, he is contemplating going into teaching or another field where he can work with children.

What he sure about is that he and good friend Rahmel Dockery, a fellow Curtis student who signed as a wide receiver with the Cougars, are going to have a great time.

"We're going to have fun and hopefully get it done," he said.

As for his name, Lacy isn't too worried about spelling errors in the future – he has every intention of becoming a crimson-and-gray household name.

"There's going to be signs everywhere," he said with a laugh. "Everyone's going to know how to spell my name by the end of my career at WSU."

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