Following the conclusion of a 23-13 season at Alabama, the Crimson Tide’s dangerous back court duo got weaker when Trevor Lacey announced his intentions to transfer elsewhere.
Lacey, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, will have two years of eligibility remaining at whichever school he selects, but there’s no doubt that his departure leaves a gaping hole in the Crimson Tide back court. Lacey was the team’s second leading scorer a season ago, alongside junior point guard Trevor Releford in the Alabama back court. Lacey averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this past season.
So long story short, whoever lands Lacey is going to get a serious boost to their back court in the near future. Lacey will have to sit out the 2013-14 season pending a waiver by the NCAA, but either way he’s a talented guard that can score and provide stability in the back court.
Well, it now appears that the Pittsburgh Panthers, who need some help in the back court, especially after the recent graduation of starting point guard Tray Woodall, could be the front runner. According to a tweet from Matthew Steinbrink of pantherlair.com, Lacey is leaning towards committing to the Panthers:
Hearing that Pitt is now the team to beat for Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey
— Matthew Steinbrink (@MattSteinbrink) May 31, 2013
Ironically enough, Lacey may be leaning towards Pittsburgh just a day after news emerged that Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane had decided to head to Iowa State, instead of joining the Panthers, who were a rumored favorite.
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