Stacy heading to next levelPublished 10:52am Friday, May 2, 2014
Ronnie Stacy did it all for the Benjamin Russell Wildcats.
As the team’s top scorer, facilitator and defensive stopper, the explosive slasher had a penchant for filling up the stat sheet – he averaged more than 18 points, eight boards and five assists this past season – while leading the Wildcats to a winning record.
Now, he gets the chance to do just that at the next level after signing a scholarship to Tyler (Texas) Junior College.
The 6’5” guard was immediately drawn to the school upon his official visit.
“When I went there, I liked the coaching staff and everything they showed me,” Stacy said. “I felt like it was a nice environment and a cool place.”
Stacy ultimately chose Tyler over Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas.
In heading to Tyler, Stacy has an immediate chance to start as he will be the team’s lone point guard entering this season
While that is his natural position, his frame and ability to rebound, pass and defend opens him up to play anywhere he’s needed, and he knows it.
“They’re going to get someone who is a great ball-handler and can help other guys score,” Stacy said. “And if need be, I can play more than one position.”
BRHS boys basketball coach Jeff Hines said he expects Stacy to be more of a handful for opponents than he was during his high school playing days.
“He has tremendous upside, and I think Ronnie is going to be a better player in college than he was in high school,” he said. “When you get to the next level, you can devote hours upon hours toward honing your skill and perfecting your craft.”
Hines said that with Stacy’s fondness for the sport, the sky is the limit for him.
“Tyler is getting a player that – first of all – loves to play the game and plays it with great passion,” Hines said. “They’re also getting a very savvy basketball player.”
Stacy is the third player in Hines’ tenure to sign with a college, and the coach credits those who taught Stacy and others on the court before the players went on the suit up for Hines.
“We’re making strides, and we’ve done a good job of developing guys to play at the next level,” Hines said. “It starts at the middle school, which is where Ronnie cut his teeth, and it went on through junior varsity. By the time he got to me, he was already developed. Credit is deserved across the board for our basketball program, from the middle school on up.”
Stacy intends to spend his time at Tyler Junior College and advance to a four-year school.
He has no preference as to where he ends up, so long as a chance comes.
“I’m just going to take it day by day,” Stacy said.