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Could NC State Commit Jalen Lecque Go Straight to the NBA?

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On Tuesday, NC State picked up one of their biggest commitments in school history in 5-Star Point Guard Jalen Lecque.

At one point, Lecque was wrestling with whether or not he would reclassify to the 2018 class, but he decided to remain in the 2019 class to become more accustomed to the point guard position.

Lecque ultimately decided to remain in the 2019 class, and enroll as a post-graduate student at Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire). At the end of the 2019 school year, he will technically be 1-year removed from his high school graduation, making him eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Here’s what Lecque had to say about the possibility of declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft to Rivals this summer:

“It is a good idea,” he said. “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.” (Rivals)

Currently, NBADraft.net doesn’t have him projected as a draft pick in 2019, but does have him going 16th overall in the 2020 draft after one year of college ball.

Lecque has had his critics, and their criticism isn’t completely without merit. If you want to play at the next level, you have to be able to shoot the ball, and no recruiting analyst would say Lecque is a particularly strong shooter at this point, struggling with his jumper much of the summer.

He is aware it is a area he needs to improve upon.

There is always the chance that Lecque could become a lights out shooter at Brewster this year, and declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, but I envision him benefitting from at least one year of college basketball. Lecque doesn’t simply need to grow as a shooter. He also needs to continue to develop as a point guard, a position he has only played for one season at this point.

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NC State Commits Nick Farrar & Shakeel Moore Pick up 4th Star at ESPN

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ESPN really likes NC State’s 2020 Men’s Basketball recruiting class, which they rank 7th nationally.

They have recently upgraded Wolfpack signees Forward Nick Farrar and Guard Shakeel Moore to 4-Star prospects, which means that ESPN now ranks ALL 5 of NC State’s signees as 4-star prospects now.

As you can see above, according to ESPN’s rankings, NC State has signed the #3, #4, #5, and #6 players in the state of North Carolina.

What you can’t see above is that ESPN also ranks Center Ebenezer Dowuona as a 4-Star prospect, and the #10 player in the state of Georgia.

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4-Star C Cliff Omoruyi Includes NC State in Top-8

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4-Star 2020 Center Cliff Omoruyi (6’11″/235) revealed his Top-8 schools today, and NC State made the cut alongside Memphis, UCONN, Rutgers, Kentucky, Miami, Auburn, and Arizona State.

NC State offered Omoruyi back on June 30th of last year, and he included the Wolfpack in his Top-13 back on September 28th.

247Sports ranks Omoruyi as the #42 overall player in the nation in the 2020 recruiting class, the #8 Center, and the #2 player in the state of New Jersey. Omoruyi plays for Roselle Catholic (Roselle, NJ).

He doesn’t plan on making his decision until April 15th.

Technically speaking, NC State’s class is full, but you have to always be prepared for attrition, especially if Redshirt Junior Forward D.J. Funderburk decides to explore his professional options after 4 years of college.

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REEL: Josh Hall & Shakeel Moore vs. Combine Academy

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NC State 2020 Men’s Basketball commits Josh Hall and Shakeel Moore led Moravian Prep to a 82-54 victory over Combine Academy at 2019 Gate City Classic this past weekend. Hall finished with 27 points and Moore finished with 17. Check out the REEL below from PhenomHoopsReport.

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REEL: Josh Hall & Shakeel Moore Highlights vs. Piedmont Classical

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Check out the PhenomHoopsReport Highlight Reel of Moravian Prep vs. Piedmont Classical, featuring NC State commits Josh Hall and Shakeel Moore.

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