Former Bella Vista High School basketball standout Patrick Lacey is preparing to graduate next month from Claremont McKenna College's graduate school with his MBA and head into the work world as a financial analyst with Intel Corp.
But Lacey recently capped an impressive college basketball career at the prestigious Southern California school also know as Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Lacey was named the team's most valuable player this season after helping the Stags win their third consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season men's basketball championship.
The 6-foot-6 center was a unanimous SCIAC first team selection as the Stags finished 16-10 overall, 11-3 in conference. They were co-championships with the University of Redlands, which beat the Stags in the postseason tournament championship game 63-54.
Lacey helped Claremont McKenna overcome the loss of former Jesuit star Chris Blees, the 2009 and 2010 conference player of the year (and former Bee Player of the Year), who tore a knee ligament in the second game of the season.
Lacey became the team's focal point and leading scorer at 11.7 points per game. He also averaged 5.8 rebounds in playing 31 minutes a game.
Lacey started his college career as a walk-on at the University of San Diego before transferring to Claremont McKenna, where he played for three seasons.