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Ranking Jalen Lecque Among NC State’s Highest Rated Recruits

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NC State landed a major commitment last week from 5-Star 2019 point guard Jalen Lecque. Below we breakdown the Wolfpack’s highest ranked commitments of the past 18 years, and Lecque currently ranks 7th. Obviously, he has his whole entire Senior season to see his ranking rise even higher.

5-star NC State Commitments of the past 15 years

Legend: (247) = 247Sports/ (R) = Rivals/ (E) = ESPN

1) Dennis Smith Jr. – 7 (247)
2) J.J. Hickson – 10 (R)/ 11 (247)/ 14 (E)
2) C.J. Leslie – 10 (247)/ 11 (E)/ 14 (R)
2) Rodney Purvis – 10 (247)/ 12 (R) / 20 (E)
5) T.J. Warren – 17 (R)/ 19 (247)/ 29 (E)
6) Ryan Harrow – 19 (R)/ 25 (247)/ 39 (E)
7) Jalen Lecque – 22 (E)/ 28 (R)/ 29 (247)
8) Brandon Costner – 23 (247)/ 30 (R)
9) Courtney Fells – 24 (R)/ 26 (247)
10) Cat Barber – 25 (247)/ 26 (E)/ 27 (R)
11) Omer Yurtseven – 26 (247)
12) Lorenzo Brown – 29 (247)/ 36 (R)

What does landing a commitment of Lecque’s caliber get you?

Dennis Smith Jr. was the ACC Freshman of the Year. JJ Hickson made the All-ACC Freshman Team. CJ Leslie earned 2nd Team All-ACC honors. TJ Warren was the ACC Player of the Year. Brandon Costner was on the All-ACC Third Team. Cat Barber was First Team All-ACC and an AP All-American Honorable Mention. Omer Yurtseven earned 3rd Team All-ACC honors. Lorenzo Brown earned 2nd & 3rd Team All-ACC honors, and led the ACC in assists in 2012-13.

In a nutshell, Lecque is one of the biggest recruits to commit to NC State in school history, and players of his caliber almost always make an immediate impact.

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NC State Offers 4-Star PG Jalen Cone

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Truthfully, I have no idea why it took so long for this to happen.

NC State’s Kevin Keatts went and watched 4-Star 2020 Point Guard Jalen Cone (5’9″/163) workout today, and left him with an offer.

Cone has been on NC State’s campus numerous times, and attended the Virginia Tech (WHY GOD?) this season.

He’s ranked as the #55 overall player in the 2020 recruiting class according to ESPN, and the #3 player in the state of North Carolina. 247Sports ranks him as the #11 point guard.

Here’s the catch.

Cone has been offered in both the 2019 and 2020 class.

Earlier this month Cone revealed that not only could he potentially reclassify to the 2019 class, but that he was seriously considering it.

“Things are starting to pick up a little bit more but with the news that some colleges are offering me to come early because of some guys entering the draft and others not coming back,” Cone said about a potential move into the 2019 class. “They need somebody to fill the point guard position so things are really starting to pick up.”

“Really, it will be all about what is best for me and figuring out if I need another year of high school to mature my game more but if it is good for me to go to college and play now or even redshirt, then that would be the option I would choose,” Cone said. “If I do it, I would have to decide very soon so I would have to look at what the best fit is for me and to see how long the coaches are going to be there. I don’t want to go early to college and then they leave after I am there for just one year.”

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Tennessee was the first school to offer Cone as a 2019 recruit, and Texas A&M, Providence, Boston College, and Ole Miss followed suit.

Out of all those schools, NC State is the only North Carolina school, and Cone plays for Walkertown High School (Kernersville, NC). He averaged 25.7 points and 6.6 assists for the Wolfpack.

Yeah, you read that right. Cone’s high school mascot is the Wolfpack. Colors: Red, White and Black. It’s downright comical…or maybe providential.

NC State technically only has one scholarship left right now for 2019. Valparaiso Graduate Transfer Center Derrik Smits took an official visit this past weekend, and Charleston Southern Graduate Transfer Guard Christian Keeling is taking an Official Visit on the weekend of May 3rd.

Obviously there isn’t room for Smits, Keeling, and Cone, or even two of the three at this point.

Small hunch?

Maybe Keatts and crew has a good idea that either 4-star signee Jalen Lecque plans on staying in the NBA Draft, or Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson won’t be returning.

In my opinion, Cone isn’t a player that you take simply if Johnson or Lecque aren’t in Raleigh next year. Cone is a player that you get on your roster no matter what it takes, no matter the recruiting class.

Cone is a rare talent. He is an elite scorer, possesses filthy handles, and has a good handle on Damian Lillard’s side-step jumper. Don’t let the 5’9″ height concern you. He had a 41-inch vertical two years ago, and will put someone on a poster in a second.

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NC State 1 or 4 Prioritizing 4-Star SG Matthew Murrell

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247Sports’ Evan Daniels caught up with 4-Star 2020 Shooting Guard Matthew Murrell, and the Top-100 prospect said that NC State is 1 of 4 schools that are prioritizing him, along with Memphis, Ole Miss, and Tennessee.

Here’s what he had to say about all 4.

Murrell said he’s taken an unofficial visit to Memphis, and likes that it’s “the hometown school.” When asked if there’s a draw to stay home, Murrell said: “It’s a thought.”

Tennessee: “I like how Rick Barnes has developed players over the years so they can make a run.”

NC State: “I just like how they had a big time guard in Dennis Smith and now they’re getting Jalen Lecque.”

Ole Miss: “Kermit Davis. He was at Middle Tennessee and he was able to play with the big top teams and he helps develop players.”

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247 ranks Murrell as the #80 overall prospect nationally, and the #3 player in the state of Tennessee. Murrell plays for Whitehaven in Memphis.

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VIDEO: NC State Commit Terquavion Smith Putting in Work

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3-Star 2021 NC State Shooting Guard verbal commit Terquavion Smith (6’3″/180) is putting in the work to be the best player he can be by the time he arrives in Raleigh.

Smith committed to NC State back on February 18th over offers from East Carolina and High Point. He received his offer from the Wolfpack back on September 29th.

Back in March, Smith led Farmville Central to their 2nd state title in 4 years.

In the video below, Terquavion Smith works one-on-one with Shawn Farmer to hone his skills.

Below are some highlights from this past season with Farmville Central.

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PI EXCLUSIVE: 4-Star Josh Hall Talks New NC State Offer

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2020 4-Star Small Forward Josh Hall (6’9″/190) met with NC State head coach Kevin Keatts on campus today, and left with an offer from the Wolfpack. I caught up with him shortly afterwards to get his thoughts.

I just talked to Coach Keatts. It went very well! I just talked to Coach Keatts. He just elaborated on me staying on top of what I’m doing and striving to be better day-by-day. He reminded me that NC State has a family type setting and it’s close to home. He also reminded me he is a winner.

I feel like I can fit in well in Keatts’ system because of my versatility and what I bring to the table.

The things I’m looking for the most in a school is a family type setting where I can get better as a student-athlete.

Josh Hall

247Sports ranks Hall as the #126 player overall nationally in the 2020 class, and the #6 player in the state of North Carolina. Hall was originally a member of the 2019 class.

He currently holds offers from Cincinnati, Wichita St, Rutgers, VCU, Providence, Oklahoma St, and others.

According to Hall, NC State began recruiting him back in 2017.

Hall also plays AAU ball on Team Loaded with 2021 NC State point guard target Carter Whitt.

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