April 7, 2011

UA head coach visits Lacey

The basketball recruiting spring contact period began today, which gives college coaches the chance to talk with recruits face-to-face and exchange more than just a brief greeting.

University of Alabama head coach Anthony Grant wasted no time to go see the Crimson Tide's top 2011 target, Trevor Lacey. Grant and one of his assistants went to Butler High School to meet with coveted guard.

"It means I'm a priority to him, and that's a good thing," Lacey said. "We just talked about the same stuff pretty much."

Lacey, who is considering Alabama, Auburn, Connecticut, Kansas and Kentucky, still wants to try and fit in a couple of visits before he announces his decision.

Originally, Lacey planned to visit Auburn next weekend, but Thursday he said he might move his visit up to this weekend. Lacey said Grant talked with him about taking another trip to Tuscaloosa before he makes his decision.

For the last month or so, Lacey has said he has a pretty good indication of where he wants to go to college, and that hasn't changed.

"I still have a good feeling where I want to go, but I just want to make sure I make the right choice and take the right opportunity," he said.

Kansas head coach Bill Self will make an in-home visit with Lacey on Friday. The Jayhawks had fallen out of Lacey's recruitment after not making him as much of a priority, but now they are back in the mix.

The decision date is still up in the air. After postponing it once already, Lacey wanted to announce April 22, the same day Butler High School celebrates its Class 4A state title.

However, Alabama's Mr. Basketball will be playing in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic, a high-school all-star game in Louisville, Ky., on the same day. Alabama signee Levi Randolph will also be playing in the game.

As far as Lacey's grades, his father William Pride said his son's grades are not an issue, according to Steve Jones from Kentucky's Rivals site. Pride said that Lacey struggled in one Spanish course, but that "it's nothing that can't be corrected."

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com

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