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Basketball recruit Trevor Lacey chooses Alabama

Trevor Lacey received his first scholarship offer as a ninth-grader from then-Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl. He has not yet committed to a school.
Trevor Lacey received his first scholarship offer as a ninth-grader from then-Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl. He has not yet committed to a school. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Trevor Lacey announced Wednesday afternoon that he will be playing college basketball at Alabama.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Huntsville, Ala., revealed his preference for the Crimson Tide over Kentucky, Kansas and Auburn during a news conference at his high school.

Lacey was one of the last highly regarded prospects in the class of 2011 who had not yet selected a school.

Rivals.com rates Lacey among the top 25 prospects of the year.

"He has a very mature game," Rivals analyst Jerry Meyer said. " ... He's not the quickest guy. He's not the slowest. He doesn't beat you with speed. He beats you with smarts."

Analyst Brick Oettinger of the Prep Stars recruiting service said he rated Lacey just outside the top 50. But at his best, Lacey is a top-shelf prospect, Oettinger said.

Lacey joins an Alabama recruiting class for Coach Anthony Grant that was rated No. 12 in the country by Rivals.com before Lacey's addition.

The Crimson Tide boasts three top-100 prospects — guards Levi Randolph and Rodney Cooper, plus center Nick Jacobs — in addition to Lacey.

Ex-Cat Mark Pope joins BYU staff

Brigham Young basketball coach Dave Rose has completed his staff with the hiring of former Kentucky player Mark Pope as an assistant, the school announced Wednesday.

Pope comes to BYU after serving as an assistant for one season at Wake Forest under Jeff Bzdelik. He fills the spot vacated when Dave Rice left to become head coach at UNLV.

Pope was a 6-foot-10 power forward who helped Kentucky win the 1996 NCAA championship. He also had a nine-year pro career that included seven seasons in the NBA and two in Turkey.

The Cougars will compete in the West Coast Conference next season.

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