BREAKING: Rising Tacoma-area CG goes crimson

KEN BONE STATED upon his arrival in Pullman the Cougars under his watch would strongly recruit and canvas the west side of the state. Well, give it up for the 253, as a rising senior-to-be out of the Tacoma area has gone crimson. What kind of player did Bone and the Cougs just pick up? The local newspaper calls him "an emerging star." CF.C talks with the newest member of the Wazzu family..

Davonte Lacy, a 6-3, 192-pounder from Curtis High in University Place, is a strong-bodied combo guard who not only scores, he has passing skills as well.

"(Bone) said I was an all-around player -- I can shoot the ball well, I can pass the ball well," said Lacy. "But when they told me what I need to do to get better, that really meant a lot to me. They know what it is and they can help me with it. And they told me I need to get better at defense to play well in the Pac-10. That just really showed me a lot."

Says The Tacoma News Tribune about Lacy, he's "an emerging star," and his numbers this past season look to bear that out.

He led Curtis in points scored as a junior, splashing down 19.8 ppg. He also also averaged 7 boards and 2.5 assists per game. Lacy was named first team all-SPSL South Division his junior campaign, and just missed out on the league MVP by a single vote. He was also named second team all-area by the Trib.

"(WSU) likes me as a combo, so like a wing but I can handle the ball, too, whenever needed," said Lacy. "Coach Bone said I have good ball-handling skills, but I'll (primarily) be playing the wing, he said."

LACY SAID THE Cougar offer just came down last week but that they had been strongly recruiting him for a while, and it had kicked into overdrive back in January/February.

"Washington State can help me develop into a better player and I want to be the best player I can be," said Lacy. "They presented me with the opportunity to work, come in and get better, and also the opportunity to play in the Pac-10 as a freshman and battle for a starting job."

LACY HELD OFFERS from Tulane, San Diego, and Eastern, and the UW, Boise State, Stanford and others had started to show increasing interest in recent weeks heading into the all-important AAU slate.

"After (AAU) in July it might have exploded," said Lacy on the subject of recruiting. "But if I already knew in my heart what was right, then why (wait) -- why not already be committed?"

At the Franklin Quaker Summer Slam earlier this month, Lacy averaged 30.3 ppg in the tournament and earned all-star honors.

"I'm just excited to come and get better, and contribute to the Cougar family," said Lacy.

Davonte Lacy profile

LACY: 19.8 ppg during his junior season at Curtis, along with averaging 7 boards and 2.5 assists

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