The John Calipari era at Kentucky couldn't be off to a much better start. The Wildcats are ranked No. 3 in the country, have won 15 straight to open the season and are off the school's best start in over 40 years. Point guard John Wall just recently landed himself on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Huntsville (Ala.) Butler 2011 combo guard Trevor Lacey has taken notice.
Lacey says he was being recruited by both the previous coaching regime at UK and Calipari while he was at Memphis, but now that interest has picked up.
"My dad's been talking to them (Kentucky) since before Calipari took the job," Lacey said. "He was recruiting me at Memphis but even more now."
Lacey says everytime he watches UK play on television, he envisions himself in blue and white.
"Every time I see them play, I just see myself playing for coach Cal," Lacey said. "His style of play fits my game and he lets you play. He's a coach that will get on you and tell you what you're doing wrong even when you're winning. I just like the way he coaches and the way they play."
Lacey, who was named the most valuable player of the Alabama state tournament last season, is quite familiar with current Alabama natives DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe. Lacey also has a family tie to Kentucky as well.
"I talk to DeMarcus on Facebook and I have a cousin that is there too," Lacey said. "She tells me what it's like up there and it seems like a good fit for me."
The 6-3 guard boasts scholarship offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn, Missouri and Southern Cal and says he is in the process of looking into setting up some offciail visits.
"I haven't been on any official visits, I'm just pretty much having fun," Lacey said. "But (UK) is at the top. I like them a lot."
After bouncing around the AAU circuit, Lacey has seen his stock begin to rise following a 27-point performance at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. a few weeks ago. Lacey also took home the 3-point shooting contest crown.
"I'm a combo guard. I can play the point or the two. I've been playing the two, but in AAU I tend to play the point. I have a nice jumpshot and I attack the basket. I can pass very well for my size. I can handle it and I can see the court very well."
Lacey said his father has been in contact with the UK coaches and says the staff will be in Huntsville Friday to see Butler take on Lee and former Louisville commit Josh Langford.
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