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Alabama prep to visit Kansas basketball

No. 24 Lacey eager to compare UKKU

May 5, 2011

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Blue-chip basketball prospect Trevor Lacey, who had spent the last 48 hours on an official recruiting visit to the University of Kentucky, returned to his tornado-ravaged home state of Alabama on Wednesday afternoon.

“The power was out for seven days. It came on just an hour ago,” Lacey, a 6-foot-3 senior shooting guard from Huntsville’s Butler High School, said in a phone interview Wednesday night from Huntsville.

“It (tornado) knocked a couple houses down in my city, but it wasn’t anything like Tuscaloosa (which had extensive damage).”

Weather concerns kept Lacey from making an official recruiting visit to Kansas University last weekend. He has rescheduled that trip for Saturday and Sunday and says he’s looking forward to seeing KU up close and personal so soon after checking out Lexington.

“I enjoyed it. It was great,” Lacey said of his visit to UK. “Just seeing how coach (John) Calipari is ... he’s passionate, always helping his players. He’s always on the go about them,” noted Lacey, Rivals.com’s No. 24-rated player who has a final list of KU, UK, Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina State and Connecticut.

Lacey, who averaged 31.2 points a game last season, said he’s “looking forward to getting to know coach (Bill) Self better this weekend. I met him one time. He seems like a cool guy.”

Lacey believes there’s a great chance of immediate playing time as a freshman at Kansas.

“Yes, sir,” he said. “That’s why I’m coming to visit.”

Lacey, who has also visited Alabama and Auburn, said he might visit either N.C. State or UConn prior to the May 18 conclusion of the spring signing period. He said he had no target date for his final decision.

Daniels update: No. 10-rated DeAndre Daniels, a 6-8 senior forward from IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., will choose between KU, Duke and Texas after visiting with his father at IMG sometime before the end of the signing period.

“I love the overall atmosphere at Kansas,” Daniels told Rivals.com on Wednesday.

“I love everything about Duke,” he noted.

Of UT, he said: “I like the style of play and think I would fit in well with it.”

Ware lists KU: No. 70-rated Kevin Ware, a 6-4 senior guard from Rockdale County High in Conyers, Ga., has decommitted from Central Florida in the wake of ESPN’s extensive scrutiny of his recruitment.

Ware, who signed with Tennessee in November but asked out of his letter of intent after the firing of Bruce Pearl, plans to visit Georgia and Louisville, his dad told Rivals.com. Ware reported on Twitter that his list consists of KU, K-State, Georgia, UCLA and Louisville.

Dooley update: KU assistant coach Joe Dooley, who reportedly interviewed for the head-coaching job at George Washington University earlier this week, appears to be running neck-and-neck with Vermont coach Mike Lonergan for the job, ESPN’s Andy Katz reported.

“A number of sources close to George Washington, both inside and out of the A-10, expect the choice to replace Karl Hobbs to come down to Vermont head coach Mike Lonergan, who is in good with new AD Patrick Nero (the former America East commissioner), and Kansas assistant Joe Dooley, who played at GW and has plenty of booster support,” Katz wrote on ESPN.com.

Comments

Larry Evans 3 years, 7 months ago

I wonder if it is going to be," i will not guarantee you a starting position,but hard work will MAYBE get you some playing time ". Thx. Coach for your comments..i think i have made up my mind.

Lexington suddenly has that certain appeal,,he thinks.

hammerhawk 3 years, 7 months ago

OMG! If the REAL Coach Dooley leaves for a great job, what happens to FAKE Joe Dooley???!!!!

rgh 3 years, 7 months ago

If the Lacey kid buys into all the garbage Calipari will fill him with then he'll be at Kentucky. If he wants to play where the fans are genuine as well as the coaches, he'll choose KU.

DRsmith 3 years, 7 months ago

If he wants as many minutes as he can get then he will be at KU. With that "homerun" recruiting class, he will be a starter and get a ton of minutes. He will actually have competition for playing time at UK.

jgover 3 years, 7 months ago

KU or UK are both great BB schools. This kid can't lose at either place if he can play the game. Last year Calapari set a bad precedent by not getting his reserves more PT. These kids look at the class he has signed and those returning and wonder how much time they will have on the floor. Another matter is which school will help them develop from the 2 spot to the 1 spot because you are not going to see very many 2 players in the NBA who are under 6-6 and the 1 spot has become the skill position in the NBA. Calapari did a good job helping Lamb develop his 1 skills; next year he will probably split time at 1 with Teague. Lacey could get PT at UK, but it would likely be at 2 and that will not get him ready for the NBA. From what I have seen of Lacey, he will not be a star at either UK or KU.

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