The Alabama Crimson Tide basketball season is quickly approaching, with the Tide hosting an exhibition game against Stillman College on November 6th. The season gets officially underway on November 9th as Alabama hosts South Dakota State as part of the 2K Sports Classic.
With the season so close, BamaHammer writers John Mitchell, Nick Jones, and Chris Dodson are previewing each of the ten players on scholarship for the Crimson Tide. Make sure you keep up with the previews as a new player will be previewed each day.
Here’s the schedule:
10/29: Retin Obasohan
10/30: Devonta Pollard
10/31: Rodney Cooper
11/1: Trevor Lacey
11/2: Nick Jacobs
11/3: Levi Randolph
11/4: Carl Engstrom
11/4: Moussa Gueye
11/5: Trevor Releford
11/5: Andrew Steele
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Alabama’s 2011 recruiting class was arguably the best in school history as Anthony Grant reeled in a Top-5 class. That recruiting class was highlighted by five star guard Trevor Lacey out of Huntsville. Lacey chose the Crimson Tide over offers from powerhouses such as Kentucky, UConn, and Kansas.
Lacey didn’t set the world on fire in his first season in Tuscaloosa, but he did show flashes of his immense potential. Lacey made 16 starts in his freshman season and averaged 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game.
He was hampered early in the season after having surgery on his knee in the offseason and that slowed his development. Still, Lacey showed what he had in his arsenal several times last season against SEC competition.
Lacey dropped a career high 19 points on Georgia in January, put up 18 points on Tennessee in in February, and was arguably the Tide’s best player in the SEC Tournament. Lacey scored 15 against South Carolina and drained a clutch three to put the game away and seal the Tide’s bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Lacey was the go-to-guy for Alabama in the clutch several times last season, and figures to be once again this year.
Lacey has now had a full offseason in Grant’s system and he didn’t have to deal with any injuries from the season. He figures to take a major leap forward in 2012-13, and should be a player Alabama seriously counts on this season.
Lacey has the potential to be a prolific scorer for the Crimson Tide, with the ability to get to the basket at will, and a very nice in-rhythm jump shot. He only shot 41% from the floor a year ago, but he has a fluid jumper and I’d expect that percentage to jump up this year.
With his offensive ability, don’t be surprised if Lacey leads Alabama in scoring this season. His well-rounded offensive game should translate to a high scoring average in 2012-13.
If Lacey is able to take that next step forward offensively, then it should help Alabama’s offense as a whole take a step forward as the Crimson Tide look to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season.
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