RALEIGH — Mark Gottfried continues to rebuild N.C. States roster, adding a sixth newcomer to the Wolfpack program on Monday in Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey.
Lacey, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound guard, averaged 11.3 points and started every game for the Crimson Tide last season as a sophomore and led the team in 3-pointers (62). Under NCAA transfer rules, Lacey will have to sit out the 2013-14 season but will have two years of eligibility with the Wolfpack.
It has been a busy offseason for Gottfried, who has led the Wolfpack to the NCAA tournament in each of his first two seasons. Since he lost five of the top six scorers from last seasons team, Gottfried has added four new freshmen, a junior college transfer and Lacey.
Lacey was a top 50 recruit nationally in the class of 2011. Hes the second SEC transfer to join Gottfried, a former Alabama coach, at N.C. State. The Wolfpack added guard Ralston Turner, a transfer from LSU, last May.
The Huntsville, Ala., native plays off the ball but led the Tide in assists (3.2 per game) last season and added 3.8 rebounds per game. Lacey will add options and depth in the backcourt for the 2014-15 season and beyond. Of N.C. States four new freshman, only Cat Barber is a guard. New Mexico Junior College transfer Desmond Lee, a 6-4 guard, has two seasons of eligibility.
Like Turner, who sat out last season and is eligible this season, Lacey brings major-level experience to the Wolfpack. Lacey started 16 games as a freshman for the Tide and averaged 7.3 points and 3 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game. In his two seasons at Alabama, he was one of the Tides best 3-point shooters, making 93 of 269 attempts.
Lacey left the Alabama program in April and chose N.C. State over Pittsburgh and Miami. The Hurricanes got a different transfer, Texas guard Sheldon McClellan, on Sunday.