WSU basketball's DaVonte Lacy has been named one of the top 100 players in the country by SB Nation's Mike Rutherford, an accomplishment devoid of any tangible value, but cool nonetheless.
Lacy checks in at No. 67 overall, which, I have to admit, was a pleasant surprise -- we've been singing Lacy's praises for a while now at CougCenter, and it's great to see other people noticing.*
Here's what Rutherford had to say:
"A breakout junior season saw DaVonte Lacy average better than 19 points per game in 2013-14. That number may dip under first-year head coach Ernie Kent, who would prefer to see the team utilize a more balanced scoring attack, but there will still be no doubt as to who the Cougs' most important player is. Lacy led Washington State in scoring in 16 of the 23 games he played last season, and in the eight games he missed because of injury Wazzu's scoring average dipped from 61.4 points to 49.1."
Other than the rampant use of per game stats used to make his point -- truly, the wonder of Lacy is the efficiency with which he scores -- the only nit I'll pick is this: It's actually pretty unlikely Lacy's scoring average drops this season. The combination of the higher pace of play (WSU was annually one of the slowest teams in the country under Ken Bone) plus the departure of the Cougars' second and third highest usage players (D.J. Shelton and Royce Woolridge) mean Lacy likely will get to take a bunch more shots ... and score more points.