Trevor Lacey on Mark Gottfried “He’s been recruiting me since 8th grade.”

Trevor Lacey elected to transfer to NC State in June.
Trevor Lacey elected to transfer to NC State in June.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WIAT) Former Alabama Basketball player  Trevor Lacey went into more depth on his decision to transfer to North Carolina state Wednesday in an interview with Ryan Cody of WHNT in Huntsville.

The former 5-Star prospect mainly focused on his relationship with Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried,who was fired from the same role at Alabama back in 2009.

“He’d been recruiting me since 8th grade, he was actually my first college offer right before Tennessee, he’s just been there since the 8th grade.”, Lacey said, pointing out that the Crimson Tide became an early leader for his services mainly due to Gottfried.

“Once he got fired you know, he just kept in touch and was trying to touch base and help me make a good decision as far as college.  He actually ended up getting the job right before I made the decision and it was just kinda too late to try to start all over with another coach after I’d already made my decision  “

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Gottfried was hired at North Carolina State on April 5th, 2011,  Lacey announced his college choice 43 days later on May 18th.   Now after that “Missed Connection” The two will be reunited as Trevor sits out a year waiting on eligibility.

“That was the biggest issue for me in leaving”, Lacey Said.   I looked at it as a year for me to get better and develop myself in areas that I’d fell off in or never been good at, so  I look forward to losing some weight… getting cut up and  being more explosive like I was in High School and being a better all around player.”

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