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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 Commit Jalen Lecque Was #1 on SCTop10 With Dunk Through The Legs

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Last night NC State 2019 5-star point guard commit Jalen Lecque as #1 on SportsCenter Top-10 plays of the night with a nasty “Eastbay”…aka a between the legs dunk…on a fast break. This is the type of dunk that wins dunk contests, but not during the heat of the game.

The ease in which Lecque pulls it off is mind boggling.

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Kevin Keatts is Watching 4-Star Christian Brown Today

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NC State Head Coach Kevin is in Columbia, South Carolina watching 4-Star 2019 Small Forward Christian Brown (6’6”/210) at the Bojangles Bash.

Brown transferred from Lower Richmond (Columbia, South Carolina) to the prestigious Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) for his Senior season.

NC State made Brown’s Top-7 back in May along with Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, UNLV, Seton Hall and Florida. He has already taken official visits to Georgia, Clemson and UNLV, with two more remaining.

ESPN ranks Brown as the #58 overall player in the 2019 class.

NC State will need to get one of Brown’s two remaining official visits to put themselves in a good position to land Brown. With Brown now in Virginia, Keatts and his crew have an increased advantage, with their wealth of experience recruiting in the commonwealth.

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Kevin Keatts Watched 5-Star Jaden Springer Play Last Night

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NC State head coach Kevin Keatts was in the bleachers last night watching 5-Star 2020 Shooting Guard Jaden Springer (6’4”/195).

Springer was the #1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina last season (Rocky River High School, Charlotte) before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his Junior season.

NC State offered Springer on August 29th, 2017, and as of April, the Wolfpack were won’t of the Top-5 schools recruiting him the hardest.

Springer took an unofficial visit to NC State on September 30th of last year.

ESPN ranks Springer as the #9 player in the 2020 class, and the #3 shooting guard. 247Sports ranks him as the #3 player in the state of Florida.

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NC State’s Kevin Keatts Watches 4-Star Henry Coleman

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NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts was watching 4-star 2020 Small Forward Henry Coleman (6’7”/205) last night.

Coleman plays for Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia, and is ranked as the #40 overall player in the 2020 class according to ESPN. They also rank him as the #9 Small Forward, and the #4 player in the state of Virginia. He also plays AAU ball with Team Loaded Virginia.

Kevin Keatts has already cashed in on his Virginia roots and coaching experience in the commonwealth three times. Both DJ Funderburk and Braxton Beverly played at Hargrave Military Academy where he used to coach, and Sacha Killeya-Jones actually played at Virginia Episcopal like Coleman, before committing to Kentucky.

Coleman took an unofficial visit to NC State in January, was offered in May, and too another unofficial in Raleigh for a football game. Since visiting the Wolfpack at the end of September, he has taken unofficial visits to Virginia, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State.

He holds offers from NC State, Kansas, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Maryland, Penn St., Pitt, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Clemson, Georgetown, Wake Forest, VCU, TCU, and others.

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