Scorebook Live’s Dan Dickau recently had the chance to connect with Davonte Lacey while he is playing professionally in Germany. After a great high school career at Curtis for coach Tim Kelley, Lacey became a star at Washington State University.
High School and years: Curtis High School 09-11
College and pro experience: Washington State 11-15, Austria 15-16, Germany 17-Present
What is your best high school basketball memory?
My senior season, going on a win streak from Christmas to eventually losing in the State Championship.
What impact did your high school coach have on you?
Huge impact. Was very stern and even though I was one of the better players, he didn’t treat me any different. Showed me that you have to work hard and play defense to be a winner. Still speak to this day.
What are you doing now?
Currently playing in Germany for PSK Karlsruhe Lions.
Who was the best player you played against in high school?
Locally, had to be Josh Smith from Kentwood and my senior year we played against Norman Powell in San Diego.
What is your advice to today’s high school players?
Don’t worry about comparing yourself to your peers. Be the best you can be and listen to those who have been there before you that just want to help.
What is your opinion about AAU, high school (recruiting process in general)?
AAU seems to be about how much free gear you can give a kid and not about making a kid better through skill development as much as it needs to be. And recruiting is less about right fit and more of the school size in many situations in my opinion.
What is your favorite high school gym and rivalry?
Best rivalry had to be against Puyallap.