Aug 29, 2011
Mar 30, 2011
NBA Comparison: Andrew Goudelock
Strengths: Lacey is a proven scorer at the college level. He is a strong combo guard with a knack for putting points on the board. He’s a knockdown shooter from any spot on the floor but is at his best when the floor is spaced and he has room to take his man one on one. Doesn’t need much room to get his shot off and is deadly when doing so. He is extremely crafty with his dribble which allows him to get by defenders without elite quickness. He’s good at using his strength and deceptive handles to create space. Great pick and roll player as he’s got decent vision and a great jump shot from mid-range as well as from distance. While not elite in terms of athleticism, he is a sneaky athlete and will surprise you. He’s a decent rebounder and isn’t afraid to attack the rim when given the opportunity against lesser defenders. Finishes well in traffic due to his strength and ability to absorb contact. He really showed great leadership for the Wolfpack during his junior season as he was the "go-to" player and never shied away from taking the last shot. Extremely confident in his abilities.
Weaknesses: Lacey is the epitome of a combo guard that really doesn’t have a set position at the next level. He does most of his damage in ISO situations and isn’t great at creating for his teammates which limits his potential as a PG. As a SG, he lacks the ideal length and athleticism needed at the NBA level. While he’s got some handles, he isn’t what scouts would call a great ball handler. On the defensive end he leaves a lot to be desired. He’s got the tools to be an effective defender and his extremely strong but often times he seemed more inclined to save his energy for the offensive end. Gets beat off the dribble too much for the next level. He’s also 24 years old which is ancient for a draft prospect.
Overall: Lacey surprised a lot of people with his decision to forego his senior year at NC State where he likely would have been in contention for ACC POY. As mentioned above, he is 24 years old already which is probably the reason for leaving. At this point he is likely headed for the NBADL for a few years or perhaps will spend some time overseas working on his game. If he can work on his ability to be either 1) a point guard or 2) a lockdown wing defender then there is no reason why he can’t make it to the NBA in a few years. His ability to score is a commodity in the league and as he matures he’ll refine that offensive game and will become a much more efficient scorer. Greatly improved during his time at NC State.
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