When it comes to researching college basketball programs, Davonte Lacy can play it up front, but also do his work behind-the-scenes, too.
The Curtis High School standout has always had Washington State University on his radar – his No. 1 goal is to play in the Pacific-10 Conference – and has been sending off text messages to Cougars players to get a feel for the program.
But late last week, the Vikings guard also spoke up loudly when WSU coach Ken Bone called offering him a scholarship. He accepted, giving an oral commitment to the Cougars for their 2010-11 recruiting class.
“It’s not a bad place to be,” said Lacy, who is 6-foot-3 and 192 pounds, and is expected to play in both guard spots. “Coach Bone will be there for at least seven years – long enough for my graduation. It will be real fun.”
Lacy averaged 19.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game for the South Puget Sound League South Division champion Vikings last season, and was selected to the league’s first team.
He had gotten early scholarship offers from Tulane, Eastern Washington and San Diego. When he showed well at WSU’s elite camp June 19-20 in Pullman, the Cougars really came in on him.
Last Tuesday, Bone offered him a scholarship, which he accepted shortly thereafter.
The earliest Lacy can sign his national letter-of-intent is Nov. 10.
“He’s a guard who’s strong, very big and with his versatility, he can play different positions,” Curtis coach Tim Kelly said. “Because he’s strong, he gets to the rim. He’s a great finisher. He’s a great passer.”