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Calipari to watch potential 2018 target tomorrow

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How about some intriguing recruiting news to pass the time until tip off? According to Andrew Slater, John Calipari and Kenny Payne will travel to North Carolina tomorrow to watch Jalen Lecque, a five-star combo guard who is considering reclassifying to the 2018 class.

Lecque was originally a 2018 prospect but decided to move to the 2019 class in April. His stock skyrocketed after an impressive summer on the EYBL circuit, and at the John Wall Holiday Invitational in December, he told USA Today’s Jason Jordan he may rejoin the 2018 class.

“Academically I’m good to go,” Lecque said. “It’s all about my development. Right now, I’d say I’m 50-50 on moving up to 2018.”

Right now, Lecque is considered the 12th overall player in the 2019 class per 247 Sports Composite. Joel Justus watched him last week. With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander moving up the draft boards, is Calipari looking to add another guard next year? Or is he simply going to extend an offer for 2019?

Jalen Lecque

Combo Guard 6-4 | 185 lbs. Bronx, N.Y. Christ School (NC)/Southern Stampede
ESPN: 10 | 2 PG Top 247: 10 | 2 CG 247 Composite: 12 | 2 CG Rivals: 13


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4 Comments for Calipari to watch potential 2018 target tomorrow

  1. RLK
    5:21 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

    Given the depth we are going to have at the guard spot next year, I’m surprised that Cal is recruiting another guard.

    • Han
      5:25 pm February 6, 2018 Permalink

      You never know. Diallo will go pro, SGA easily could too. Cal doesn’t know what he’ll have in Baker, and the guys coming in are freshmen. This year, we ended up without the depth we needed at guard due to injuries.

    • Rembrandt
      8:34 pm February 7, 2018 Permalink

      That’s right. Diallo and Gilgeous Alexander are both projected as first round draft choices. It doesn’t matter if fans think they should come back. If first round money is going to be there for them, they may go. If both leave for the draft, then the wing guards for next year are Baker and Herro. That’s not necessarily bad, but what if Baker isn’t 100% physically? When you look at the actual facts, it isn’t hard at all to see why Cal is recruiting another guard.

  2. syrin23
    12:42 am February 7, 2018 Permalink

    Does he have ANY basketball skill or is he another “athlete”?