Trevor Lacey’s production increases as knee heals

Here is an update on the status of the prize of Alabama basketball’s 2011 recruiting class, Trevor Lacey. His knee is getting better and it’s showing on the floor.

TUSCALOOSA — Trevor Lacey couldn’t say his knee is 100 percent just yet.
But it’s close.

The Alabama freshman basketball player said the sore joint is far better than it felt when he arrived in August.

The star of the Crimson Tide recruiting class slowly worked his way into the starting lineup as the team faces a crucial stretch of SEC games. Coming off its first loss in six games Saturday at No. 18 Mississippi State, the Tide (13-4, 2-1 SEC) hosts Vanderbilt at 6 p.m., Thursday before visiting second-ranked Kentucky at 11 a.m., Saturday.

The Wildcats were favored to land the services of the Huntsville product ranked among the best high school players in the country last season. Instead, he chose Alabama over the summer when surgery finally came on his injured knee.

A torn lateral meniscus was suffered, Lacey said, during a Christmas tournament last season. He played through the undiagnosed injury all season and led Butler High to its third Class 4A state title in four years.

Lacey averaged 31.4 points a game, was named Mr. Basketball and a member of the Parade All-American team. Inactivity after the summer surgery, Lacey said, hurt him from a conditioning aspect.

“I don’t think I did any rehab after surgery,” Lacey said. “I just laid around until I got to school.”

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