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Huntsville, Ala. (WHNT) – Even in middle school, Trevor Lacey knew Mark Gottfried.  When he was at Alabama, Gottfried offered Lacey his first college scholarship, in the eighth grade!  Even when Gottfried resigned during Lacey’s sophomore year, the former Butler guard remained loyal to the Tide.  Still, he stayed in touch with Gottfried.

“He got the NC State job before I made a decision but it was too late to start all over,” said Trevor Lacey, former Alabama guard.

Lacey played for two seasons in Tuscaloosa, appearing in nearly every game.  He averaged almost 9.5 points a contest.  But throughout his time at Alabama, there was a problem.

“Me being a shooting guard, I can play point guard, I made a position change for Alabama, it was difficult to change positions while changing style of play…I think I adjusted well but it wasn’t fun playing that way,” said Lacey.

After talking to his family, Lacey decided to transfer.  His conversation with head coach Anthony Grant was, in Lacey’s words, short.

“I think that’s what helped me make the decision.  He wasn’t trying to talk me out of it,” said Lacey.

Lacey then had several conversations with ACC schools.  In the end, Lacey decided to reunite with the coach who had a similar journey as Lacey, going from Tuscaloosa to Raleigh, North Carolina.  Lacey will have to sit out a season and he says he will also miss his friends at the Capstone.

“It’s tough to leave Tuscaloosa.  and all those guys, everyone there who knows what I’m trying to do understand my decision, and that’s all that matters,” said Lacey.