UK still interested in five-star guard Jalen Lecque

 Posted by at 11:00 AM on April 17, 2018
Apr 172018


Five-star combo guard Jalen Lecque is still on UK’s recruiting radar.

The New York native — now playing for Christ School in North Carolina — had an in-home visit with the Wildcats over the weekend, according to national recruiting analyst Andrew Slater.

Duke assistant coach Nate James is expected to visit Lecque on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 prospect has been on Kentucky’s radar for months, and the Herald-Leader has been told in the past that Lecque could reclassify to 2018 if he were to land a scholarship offer from a blueblood program like UK or Duke.

Currently, he’s the No. 12 overall prospect in the 2019 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Lecque, who was originally in the class of 2018, has openly acknowledged that he’s mulling a move back to that class, which would allow him to play college basketball next season. He told USA Today in late December that he was “50/50” on making that jump at the time.

Lecque averaged 20.1 points, 9.4 assists and 9.3 rebounds per game this season.

UK has already signed five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley and four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro for next season, in addition to five-star wing Keldon Johnson, who is expected to play on the perimeter. The Cats also have a commitment from five-star 2019 point guard Ashton Hagans, who is expected to move to the class of 2018 this summer. UK is also still pursuing five-star point guard Tyrese Maxey, who is mulling a move to 2018 but is much more likely to stay in 2019 than Hagans.

Former five-star point guard Quade Green could also return to UK for a second year, and freshman shooting guard Jemarl Baker — a former Top 100 national recruit — will make his debut for the Cats next season after missing his first year at UK with a knee injury.


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