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NC State guard Lacey makes NBA decision official

N.C. State's Trevor Lacey is poised to be one of the best players in the ACC next season.
N.C. State's Trevor Lacey is poised to be one of the best players in the ACC next season. ehyman@newsobserver.com

There’s no turning back for Trevor Lacey now.

Lacey, a junior guard, said he was going to enter the NBA draft on April 15 and has since filed the necessary paperwork by Sunday’s deadline, the school announced on Monday.

Lacey led the Wolfpack with 15.7 points per game and helped them reach the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years.

The 6-3 guard made the surprise announcement earlier in the month that he had planned to skip his senior season. There had been some hope on the N.C. State side that Lacey would change his mind.

Instead, Monday’s announcement makes his departure official. According to the school’s release, Lacey finished up the academic semester before leaving campus.

“I would like to thank Trevor for his contributions while at N.C. State,” coach Mark Gottfried said in a statement released by the school.

“I want to wish him the best as he pursues his dream to play in the NBA.”

Lacey is one of almost 60 players to declare early for the NBA draft. Sunday was the NBA’s deadline for underclassmen to declare.

Lacey’s exit, and the transfer of forward Kyle Washington, leaves the Wolfpack with seven scholarship players on the roster for next season.

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