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Jalen Lecque “90-percent sure” he will stick with 2019, Kentucky still in the mix


Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike, 247Sports

It seems like every top prospect in high school basketball is contemplating a reclassification these days. We’ve heard rumors of Tyrese Maxey, James Wiseman, Vernon Carey Jr., and Ashton Hagans this offseason alone, with each being associated with Kentucky in some form or fashion. Two of them are already committed and one is almost certainly reclassifying.

A few weeks ago, five-star guard Jalen Lecque crept into that same conversation, with a jump to 2018 heavily discussed.

This weekend at the Team USA U-18 Training Camp in Colorado Springs, Lecque addressed the reclassification rumors, saying he was pretty certain he was going to stick with 2019.

“I am, as of right now, 90 percent sure I am staying in 2019 just because I was never put into the position to be a point guard so I had to make that transition to that spot and learn what I have to do to be dominant at it,” he told Corey Evans of Rivals.com. “It is more about being in the right spot and at the right moment. I don’t want to waste a year at a college if I wasn’t going to play as much. I want to go somewhere that I would come out and play and be able to fight through my mistakes and grow as a player.”

He has been watching the Anfernee Simons situation, a 2018 recruit who recently declared for the NBA Draft and signed an agent, skipping college entirely. Like Simons, Lecque is eligible to enter the draft a year early, and said it’s something he will think about going forward.

“It is a good idea,” he told Rivals. “I have to talk it over with my parents and just get bigger physically and just fill out. If I feel like I am good enough next year and my body gets bigger and stronger, and I get better at the point guard position, you just never know.”

If Lecque does end up going to school, Kentucky is on the shortlist of schools he is extremely interested in attending. The Cats join NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Oregon, Kansas, and Duke on the list.

And Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey is doing his part to keep him in college, and more specifically, Lexington to play for John Calipari with him.

Lecque is considered one of the most athletic players in all of high school basketball, and he showed that off this week in Colorado Springs. And according to Evans of Rivals.com, college coaches were in awe of the 6-foot-4 guard and his elite bounciness.

Jalen Lecque and Cole Anthony look to be two of the most athletic guards in high school ball. Each calling New York as home, each also finished with the top vertical leaps at 43 inches a piece. Both excel within the open floor and while Anthony is a better producer off of the jumper where Lecque is known for his dribble drive skills, their athletic measurements have continued to set the bar as to what an elite level athlete is within the high school stratosphere

Watch his highlights below:

Calipari is in a tough spot with Lecque, as there’s always a chance he decides to make the jump to the NBA next season. If he sticks, though, he could produce Malik Monk-like highlights in a Kentucky uniform.

What does the BBN think?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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3 responses to “Jalen Lecque “90-percent sure” he will stick with 2019, Kentucky still in the mix”

  1. russmullins

    Athletically gifted, bouncy, quick but what happens when he is forced to shoot a jumper? Better passer than Hami but if defenses play zone and slough off him, what happens? Would be effective paired with a great jump shooter. Otherwise I see fans being disappointed.

  2. Blublood41

    Another guy that cant shoot from outside. No thanks, give me cole anthony.

  3. Wade

    Think cal will go cold on him and go with cole that’s how he builds a team when others players want to play together which Cole said he can play with Maxey. I do like this kid but we need shooters and cal has learned and vowed to have scorers but he may be the one if we have Herro baker and others who can shoot