Off-season: a word that, for players, coaches, and sports fanatics across the country, connotes a short period of rest and relaxation before the long haul of the regular season begins.
Yet for one Coug’s off-season this year, that implication couldn’t be further from the truth.
DaVonte Lacy, a junior guard for Washington State men’s basketball team, has spent the last few weeks of his off-season leading his Athletes In Action (AIA) Jamaica team to a perfect 3-0 start.
The AIA Jamaica team is made up of players from across the D-1 and D-2 hoops scope in America. All players are involved in their respective schools’ Athletes in Action program, which is a Christian-based organization for NCAA men’s and women’s athletes that teaches players how to live out their faith as spotlighted, collegiate athletes.
To start out the trip for AIA Jamaica, WSU’s Lacy filled the stat sheet with a team-high nine assists and five steals en route to the squad’s dominating 101-41 victory over Jamaica’s Kingston Intercollegiate All Stars.
Lacy sat out seven games during WSU’s 2012-’13 season due to a left knee injury. The 6-foot-3 guard out of Tacoma, Washington’s Curtis High School is expected to be back to full health after rehabbing the knee prior to the AIA Jamaica trip.
This week, the AIA team surged onto two more double-digit victories, both over the Jamaican National Basketball League (NBL) All Star team. Lacy piled up a combined 16 assists in both games, aided by nine rebounds, four steals, and nine points.
Lacy and his AIA Jamaica team have two remaining games before heading back to the United States.
As for the rest of Lacy’s teammates, they are currently practicing in anticipation for the 2013-14 season, set to tip for the WSU Cougs in a home game against California State University, Bakersfield on Friday, Nov. 8. The men follow that game up with one more home game against Lamar before heading to Spokane for the annual rivalry game against in-state foe Gonzaga University.