Dick Hannula Award - Male Amateur Athlete of the Year
DaVonte Lacy worked hard to improve his skills all four years of his Washington State University baketball career and the effort was rewarded this year with a Pac-12 first-team all-conference selection.
Lacy and Isaiah Thomas (UW, Curtis) are the only players from Pierce County ever selected Pac-8/10/12 all-conference in men’s basketball.
The 6-foot-4 guard from Curtis High School in University Place closed his career as WSU’s all-time leader in 3-point field goals made (249), passing Klay Thompson. He is the fifth leading scorer in Cougars history (1,548 points). Lacy started all but 10 games over four years at WSU. He also ranks on the WSU career lists for free throws made (eighth - 365), field goals made (13th - 467), steals (14th - 100), 3-point field goal percentage (20th - .360). If not for injuries that cost him several games both his sophomore and junior seasons, he would have climbed even higher among the Cougars’ all-time greats.
Lacy averaged 16.9 points per game as a senior (5th in the Pac-12). He had nine 20+-point games and two games over 30 points. He also averaged 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a steal per game. In a game against the University of Texas - San Antonio, Lacy made eight three-pointers.
“I’ve had a great four years,” Lacy told Cougfan.com. “I can’t ask for more and I’m really blessed to be here doing what I’m doing.”
With a coaching change at WSU after his junior season, Lacy considered transferring. New coach Ernie Kent is grateful that he stayed. “That, to me, epitomizes what a college student-athlete should be all about - staying in, staying loyal, staying true blue, and staying at home and trying to build the basketball program,” Kent said. “He helped us in the transition process, helped us move the program forward. Washington State was really good for him and he was really good for Washington State. If anyone deserves to have success, it’s DaVonte Lacy.”
He was a Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention selection after averaging 19.4 points his junior season, which included a career-high 39-point game vs. Cal. In that career night, Lacy was 8-for-15 from 3-point range and a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line. The 19.4 points per game was the third-highest average for a junior in WSU history.
During the summer between his junior and senior seasons, Lacy traveled with a Pac-12 All-Star team to China. He also toured internationally with Athletes in Action, playing in Jamaica.
Entering his senior season, Lacy was ranked No. 67 on SB Nation’s list of the top 100 college players. Lacy’s scoring average declined a bit during his senior season as Kent worked to develop a broader offense and forward Josh Hawkinson emerged as a scoring threat in addition to Lacy.
In April, as one of the top seniors and professional basketball prospects, Lacy was invited to participate in the Portsmouth Invitational. He scored 30 points in three games in front of the audience of scouts. “I think I've been underrated all my life and college hasn't been any different so I've just got to go out and prove myself,” Lacy told the Spokesman Review.
The NBA Draft is June 25. If Lacy is not selected he could play in the NBA Development League or overseas.
Lacy’s path to Pac-12 success started at Curtis High School. He led the Vikings to the 4A state championship game in 2011, scoring 25 points in a loss to Gonzaga Prep. Overall, Curtis went 62-16 in Lacy’s three seasons. He was the most valuable player of the South Puget Sound League South Division as a senior and was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press.
At WSU, Lacy majored in Human Development and minored in Communication. Depending on his professional playing options, he has also considered pursuing a master’s degree in business management.