Jay Bilas follows 1 person on Twitter: Lacey Holsworth

Eight-year-old Michigan State super fan Lacey Holsworth — featured on “The Journey” several times — has become an inspiration throughout the college basketball world, and beyond. That became more than evident today as Holsworth, who is battling an aggressive form of cancer known as neuroblastoma, found out she has a new follower on Twitter: ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas.

Why is that unique, you ask? Because Holsworth is Billas’ first, and only person he follows on Twitter.

Bilas send out the following tweet to his 658k followers earlier this afternoon. Credit USA Today’s For the Win for sharing the story.

Holsworth, or Princess Lacey as she goes by on twitter, quickly found out of the news and sent out of the following tweet of her own.

Holsworth’s inspirational story was introduced to the public last year when she was featured on an episode of BTN’s “The Journey.”

The feature tells the story of her unique relationship with MSU senior Adreian Payne, who refers to Holsworth as his little sister. Payne was introduced to Holsworth several years back after he and other members of the MSU basketball team visited her in the hospital. Since that time, he has built an incredible relationship with her, and recently invited Holsworth to accompany him on the Breslin Center court for his senior day ceremony, following the Spartans 86-76 win over Iowa back on March 6.

Holsworth was also in attendance at this past weekend’s Big Ten Tournament Championship game where she got to see her Spartans defeat in-state rival Michigan. She helped Payne cut down the nets in celebration of the Spartans’ Big Ten Title.

If Bilas is only going to follow one person on twitter, he certainly made a great pick in choosing Holsworth.

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theotherbigone on 3/21/2014 @ 4:50pm EST Said:

Lacey is way too young to have a cell phone much less be on Twitter. I don’t care how sick she is – there are better ways to communicate than have access to all that garbage. And if Bilas really cared he could write her a letter.

DJA on 3/23/2014 @ 9:43pm EST Said:

Wow theotherbigone- Get with the times! All ages communicate by social media!
You should “care” about what you say and how you say it. You should be ashamed. Adreian is making a big difference in this precious girls life. You need to try and follow this young mans example.

bhuddz12 on 3/26/2014 @ 5:08pm EST Said:

theotherbigone – when readers see things differently how the article was written, you see stupidity. MOst of the times, things are not for jokes!