I'll admit I completely forgot about Ken Bone's first commitment in the class of 2011 until recently. Davonte Lacy, a 6-foot-4 200 pound shooting guard from Curtis High School, verbally committed to Bone and the Cougs back in June. He's been a firm commitment since and visited Pullman about a month ago. Today, he made it official, signing on the dotted line with WSU.
What do we need to know about Lacy? Well, backup guards, and point guards, still grow on trees, of course. And that's probably where Lacy will start. From all I've read, he's a project, but a project with high upside. Take this, for instance, from ESPN.
Lacy doesn't have a true position and his decision-making needs to improve as he sometimes takes quick shots early on in the shot clock. His handle is solid, but he needs to get better going left while being tightly defended. Defensively, he needs to get more consistent at bending his knees and forcing players towards their weaknesses.
He needs to work on his defense and that shouldn't be a shock. Most high school players do. On the plus side, he can play the wing at the college level, a position that continue to be an emphasis for Bone and the Cougs. He may not be needed right away, so there's plenty of time for him to grow into it.
After the jump, more links and notes.
You could say Lacy had a good year for Curtis last year. How good was it? On a team that won its league, Lacy was a standout. (via Mason Kelley)
Davonte (6'3" 185 lbs.) led the 2009-10 Curtis Vikings to a SPSL South Division Championship with 15-1 record as a junior. The team also won the Spokane Showcase Tournament in December. He led the team in every statistically category including scoring 17 per game and rebounds 7 per game. Davonte also led the team in assists with 96 and steals with 46.
I'd say that's good. And he can shoot the free throw, making an SPSL record 123 attempts from the charity stripe last year.
Why did he pick WSU? Vince Grippi found out. As a side note, I hear this answer from recruits a lot now. It's an overall theme in the program that many of the coaches are using as the basis of their recruitment plans.
"I've always liked Wazzu," Lacy said Tuesday. "It's a Pac-10 school I like, and I get along with the coaches and the players well. It felt like a family when I was there, so I decided to be part of the family."
Bone was excited about Lacy today, not because of his ability on the court, but his character off it.
"We've seen Devonte play for a few years," Bone said. "He's a great kid, we know him pretty well. He's been to our camps and we've been to his games off-and-on for the last few years. We're excited about him joining our program not just because he's a good player but he's an outstanding kid."
Can't complain about a high character kid joining the program. If he's anything like what Bone recruits, he'll be able to run the floor, get up and down and play the style Bone is looking to run at Washington State.
Welcome to the family, Davonte.