According to UA Media Relations, Alabama sophomore guard Trevor Lacey has decided to transfer from the men’s basketball program and has been granted his release. The announcement from Crimson Tide head coach Anthony Grant came today.

“I enjoyed having the opportunity to coach Trevor for the two years he was here,” Grant said. “We certainly wish him the best of luck as he continues to pursue his education and his basketball career.”

As a sophomore this past season, the Huntsville native was the only player on the Crimson Tide to start all 36 contests, averaging 11.3 points and 3.8 rebounds a contest while leading the team in assists. Lacey also led the team in three-pointers made (62) and attempted (166) during the 2012-13 campaign.

“It was a family decision to pursue other opportunities,” Lacey said. “This definitely was not an easy decision to make. It’s been great at Alabama during my two years. It was tough my freshman year coming off surgery and having to work my way back. I wanted to improve during my sophomore season and I thought I did that. I want to thank the coaches and staff, my teammates and all the fans for their support.”

During his two seasons at the Capstone, Lacey played in 69 contests while making 52 starts, averaging 9.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists a game.

The loss of Trevor Lacey is either another step in the wrong direction for the Tide’s stagnant basketball program, or portal opening for a newcomer to step in and contribute immediately. But from the outside looking in, this one stinks.

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