Providence College men’s basketball coach Keno Davis announced on November 19 that student-athlete Johnnie Lacy (Milwaukee, Wis.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Providence College beginning in September 2009. Lacy, who attends Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., is one of the top-ranked high school point guards in the country. Dave Telep ranks him as the ninth best point guard in the nation, while Scout.com puts him at No. 12, and ESPN.com rates him at No. 25.
Milwaukee native Johnnie Lacy signed a letter of intent to play for coach Keno Davis and the Friars today. The dynamic 5-foot-11 point guard spent the past three seasons at Bay View High School before transferring to Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, for his senior season
Rank: No. 110 overall, No. 18 point guard in the nation
Schools in the mix: Unknown
Visits: None scheduled at the moment.
Notes: Lacy, a Milwaukee native, appears to have put his recruitment on hold since his move to Massachusetts for prep school. Prior to his move, Lacy claimed offers from Marquette and Minnesota. Several sources have told Rivals.com that academics are the holdup with Lacy’s recruitment at the moment. There even is a chance that he reclassifies to 2010. If he can work out his grades this season, Lacy will certainly be a one of the hottest players in the class at his position.
December, 2007: Johnnie Lacy can put the ball in the basket. Lacy is a dynamic scorer who can create his own shot and can get into the lane at will. He is a streaky 3-point shooter, but when he is on, he is tough to stop. Lacy is a very good athlete and he is strong with the ball. He is old for his class (2009) and he needs to become a little better as a floor leader. With his size, he plays the point, but has a scorers mentality at that position. He needs to work on nuances of the position and needs to learn when to try to score and when to get others involved. He has speed, quickness and is tough to stop when he wants to get in the paint. He also has a chance to become a great on-the-ball defender.
PG Johnnie Lacy (Milwaukee, WI; Wisconsin Playground Elite; Rivals # 99)
Lacy (5-10, 160) is an explosive lead guard who in some respects reminded me of Jonny Flynn this weekend. While he’s not as athletic as Flynn, Lacy has the speed to get up and down the floor in a hurry, but under control while doing so. On occasion, however, he can over-penetrate and end up having to force this issue and the outside shot is a definite work in progress at this point in time. Still uncommitted, it looks as if Marquette has the inside track on keeping Lacy home in Milwaukee.