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Jalen Lecque Postpones Kentucky Visit; Talks Upcoming NC State Visit

Jalen Lecque Photo | Jon Lopez/Nike

Jalen Lecque, the 2019 combo guard from Christ (NY) School, told D1VISION on Friday that he has postponed his unofficial visit to Kentucky and will instead visit NC State this weekend (Oct. 20). He broke down what he likes about NC State on Friday:

“They have a good program and one of the players I look up to went there,” said Lecque, referring to former NC State guard and current Dallas Maverick Dennis Smith Jr. “I wanna know why he loved it so much.”

For NC State, Lecque’s visit couldn’t come at a better time as the Wolfpack landed 2018 wing Jericole Hellems on Friday. Hellems joins four-star power forward Immanuel Bates and four-star power forward Ian Steere as the third commit in NC State’s 2018 class.

After postponing his Kentucky visit, Lecque is unsure when he will reschedule his visit, as he said, “I’m not really sure. Since the season’s approaching, I might do it before the season or when I have free time. It all depends on when I have time.”

According to 247Sports, Lecque is ranked as the No. 31 overall player in the Class of 2019 and the No. 2 combo guard. Originally in the Class of 2018, Lecque reclassified in April, but after a strong summer on the Nike EYBL Circuit with Southern Stampede, speculation arose about him possibly moving back up to the 2018 class.

“I would have to discuss with my coaches and parents about that,” said Lecque about a possible reclassification. “I would have to know that it would benefit me in the long run.”

Lecque also spoke Friday about the schools working the hardest for his recruitment, naming Kansas, Wake Forest, and Maryland among the schools working hardest for his recruitment.

“I like Wake Forest because of the great coaches they have,” he said. “It’s a great environment. I haven’t visited yet but I want to take a visit there.”

“I haven’t visited the campus but from what I’ve seen it’s a huge campus and it looks great,” said Lecque of Kansas. “Same with Maryland.”

Lecque said Friday that he is hoping to land an offer from Kentucky in the future, along with Oregon, North Carolina, and Arizona. Although he’s only a junior, Lecque has discussed the possibility of cutting his list down in the near future.

“I’ll probably cut it down before AAU season or during it,” he said. “I’m not sure how many I’d cut it down to. I’d have to talk to my parents about that. In terms of committing, It would most likely come after the AAU season, during my senior year. It depends on how my game progresses.”

Playing with the Southern Stampede on the Nike EYBL this past summer, Lecque averaged 17 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, in 16 regular season games played. With a 5-11 record, the Stampede missed out on Peach Jam.

“[Playing with the Stampede] helped me with my physicality,” said Lecque. “They also helped me get stronger, physically and mentally. Next year, we can hopefully make it to Peach Jam and win it all this year.”

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