WAYLAND, MI (WZZM) – Wayland Union High School all-star basketball player, Lacey James, is officially heading to Rider University of New Jersey, after he signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning.
The 6’9 athlete said he’s elated that the school selection process is officially over and is now ready for the next chapter.
“It feels like a ton of bricks are off my shoulders. It was a long stressful process and just to have this decision done, now I can enjoy graduation and finish the time I have here,” said Lacey.
Leading into his senior season, an abnormal EKG caused James to sit out summer ball, after doctors diagnosed James with a mild condition of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, otherwise known as an enlarged heart.
In August, James was cleared by doctors and allowed to return to the court for the Wildcats. Last season, he helped Wayland achieve a 19-4 record where he averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds per game. He earned Class B All-State first-team honors and was a candidate for Michigan’s Mr. Basketball.
James biggest fan, his mother, Karie James, will also make the move to New Jersey, in order to be closer to her son and see him fulfill his dreams.
“I couldn’t miss a game or an opportunity to see him play. I’m proud of him,” said Karie.