DaVonté Lacy is a player for the ages

Senior guard DaVonté Lacy will play his final two games in Pullman this week. His departure marks the end of his time as a Cougar, but his legacy will impact future generations of players.

If there is one thing that will define his time as a Coug, it’s consistency. Despite a few untimely injuries, some bad breaks and not a great win/loss record, Lacy has been a staple in WSU’s lineup, averaging at least 26 minutes per game since arriving on campus and repeatedly scoring double figures.

Last season, Lacy became the 34th Cougar basketball player to reach 1,000 points. He is seventh all-time in scoring, and on Sunday he broke Klay Thompson’s school record for career three-pointers.

His name isn’t well known outside of Pac-12 circles, but Lacy has climbed through the WSU record books, leaving his mark in the process.

Perhaps the most iconic moment for Lacy occurred his freshman year in a home game against Cal. With 17 seconds left, he hit a fade-away three from the corner for the game winner. WSU went on to the CBI finals that year.

Since then, Lacy has been the definition of improvement, becoming a more complete player each time he stepped out on the court. Now, he is the most feared weapon in Ernie Kent’s arsenal. He can shoot, drive, defend, pass, rebound and handle the basketball. There was even a short stint where he served as the team’s point guard when the position was beleaguered in 2012.

The 6-foot-4-inch guard came into Pullman as an average prospect, rated three stars by Rivals. Now he is one of the conference’s best scorers. There have been coaching changes and losses – the kind of losses that turn people off of sports altogether. But Lacy has stayed a Coug through the good, the bad and the ugly.

Outside of that 2011-12 CBI run, Lacy never played on a successful Cougar basketball team. The Cougs are 54-74 during his time in Pullman. However, good signs in the first year of Ernie Kent’s rebuilding process lead one to believe that Lacy’s legacy hasn’t yet started. Rather, it will be felt in the coming years if Lacy’s leadership carries over into future success for the team.

Lacy’s name will stand alongside so many Cougs like him — the ones who turn in extraordinary accomplishments on un-extraordinary teams. No one will remember the record of the 2012, 2013, or even 2014 Washington State men’s basketball teams, but they will remember the name DaVonté Lacy.