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NC State Offers #1 Player in 2021 SG Terrence Clark

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Yesterday NC State head coach Kevin Keatts was up at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire) watching Wolfpack top prospect 2019 5-Star PG Jalen Lecque, and while he was up there, he extended an offer to the #1 player in the 2021 class (247Sports), Shooting Guard Terrence Clark.

Clark (6’6″/185) played last year for The Rivers School in Massachusetts, and was the #1 player in the state in his class. He also holds offers from UCCONN, Georgia Tech, Rhode Island, Georgetown, Indiana, Iowa, Rutgers, Saint Louis, Wake Forest, and Syracuse.

Keatts also recently offered another top 2021 prospect, in Raleigh native Carson McCorckle. We caught up with him, and he gave us his thoughts on the offer.

Wolfpack head coach isn’t playing any games. He’s going after the best players in the 2019 class, and now the 2021 class as well.

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NC State Commit Jalen Lecque Will Likely Sign LOI Next Week

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NC State 5-Star 2019 point guard commit Jalen Lecque was expected to sign his letter of intent yesterday at 1pm, but that didn’t happen. According to Rivals, the signing will happen “while he’s home for Thanksgiving break after this weekend.”

This weekend, Lecque and his Brewster Academy squad will be playing in the National Prep Showcase in New Haven, Connecticut.

According to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, 10 NBA Teams will be at the event, watching him and 5-Star forward Akok Akok, who are both technically eligible to bypass college and enter next summers NBA Draft if they so choose.

To be clear, yesterday was not National Signing Day. It was the beginning of a week-long early signing peariod (November 14-21). Players can sign their letter of intent anytime between now and next Wednesday.

I have zero reason to believe that Lecque’s commitment isn’t solid.

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Jalen Lecque Expected to Sign His LOI to NC State Today

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NC State Men’s Basketball only has one commitment in their 2019 recruiting class, but it’s a big one. Jalen Lecque is a 5-star prospect, ranked as the #22 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class by ESPN. According to Rivals, Lecque is expected to sign his letter of intent to play basketball at NC State at 1pm today at Brewster Academy.

Lecque spoke with ESPN at the beginning of the month about the possibility of going straight to the NBA after the conclusion of his prep year at Brewster. If he was projected as a 1st round pick, he told them “then you never know.”

Shortly thereafter, he reassured Joe Giglio of the News and Observer that he is still 100% committed to NC State, and he plans on being in Raleigh next year.

“I told him there’s nothing to worry about,” Lecque said. “I love N.C. State and that’s my home. I told him that exactly.” (N&O)

Lecque committed to NC State on October 2nd, and is one of the highest rated recruits to ever commit to the Wolfpack.

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NC State Watching SG Marquise Rice out of Durham Academy

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Last week representatives of the NC State coaching staff were over at Durham Academy watching 2022 Shooting Guard Marquise Rice (6’5″/210).

Rice plays AAU basketball with Team Wall, and already holds offers from Ole Miss, Boston College and Pitt. Future150 ranks Rice as a 3-Star prospect, and the #64 overall player in the 2022 recruiting class.

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NC State Commit Jalen Lecque Talks Possibility of Going Straight to NBA

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NC State 2019 Basketball Commit Jalen Lecque has been down in the Bahamas with his Brewster Academy prep squad, and 7 NBA teams were down there scouting him and some of the other talent on display.

Lecque caught up with ESPN, and gave his perspective on the possibility of skipping college at NC State altogether, and going straight to the NBA.

“I could be a freshman on a college campus right now,” Lecque told ESPN. “I am eligible for the [2019] draft. I’m a fifth-year senior, but I’m also eligible for the draft because of my grades.”

“I am interested in everything because the NBA is my goal at the end of the day,” he said. “I want to be a great college player, but my end goal is to help my family. I want to be a concrete Round 1 player if I do make that decision. If I’m guaranteed a Round 1 position, then you never know. I could see myself doing it if I am in a good position at the end of the year. A college education is so important and making that jump is really hard, so I really gotta think about that, but if I’m Round 1, then that’s different.”

“We’re taking it real slow,” he said. “At the end of the year, I will have an answer for it. But I love NC State and NC State is a great place and I am looking forward to it.” (ESPN)

This isn’t a new revelation that this is a possibility, but the first time Lecque has spoken on it since his commitment to NC State.

Check out these highlights of Lecque and the rest of his Brewster crew down in the Bahamas.

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