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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.

Matthew is Publisher and Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He is also the Lead Pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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4-Star Forward Kanon Catchings is Taking an Official Visit to NC State Starting Tonight

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4-Star 2024 Forward Kanon Catchings (6’9″/215) will be taking an Official Visit to NC State starting this evening, according to a source.

Catchings is the #31 overall player nationally in the 2024 recruiting class according to Rivals. ESPN ranks him as the #2 player in the state of Georgia, playing for Overtime Elite with 2024 NC State Signee Trey Parker.

On September 22, 2022, Catchings verbally committed to Purdue, but he decommitted from the Boilermakers a week ago. He took an Official Visit to BYU nearly immediately after.

Technically speaking, after Ernest Ross announced he was coming back, NC State already has 13 scholarship players heading into the 2024-25 season. With that being said, in the world of NIL, teams can be more creative, covering someone’s scholarship costs with NIL money.

This year at Overtime Elite, Catchings averaged 14.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, shooting 66.7% from the field, and 36.2% from three.

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NC State Offers Consensus Top-25 Prospect Darius Adams

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NC State has offered a scholarship to Consensus Top-25 2025 prospect Darius Adams (Guard) (6’4″/165).

Rivals and 247Sports both rank Adams as the #17 overall player nationally in the 2025 recruiting class.

ESPN ranks Adams as the #1 player in the state of Indiana, playing for La Lumiere School (La Porte, IN).

Adams also holds offers from Michigan St., Tennessee, Notre Dame, Indiana, Rutgers, Syracuse, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Washington, FSU, Nebraska, Penn St., Providence, Villanova, Oklahoma St., Virginia Tech, Xavier, Virginia, Florida, Alabama, Michigan, Kansas and others.

 

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4-Star G/F Bryce Heard is Taking an Official Visit to NC State Later this Month

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4-Star 2025 Guard/Forward Bryce Heard (6’5″/170) confirmed with me that he will be taking an Official Visit to NC State on June 23-25.

247Sports, ESPN and Rivals all rank Heard as a 4-Star prospect. Rivals ranks him as the #83 overall player nationally in the 2025 recruiting class. 247Sports ranks him as the #15 Combo Guard in the class, and they also rank him as the #1 player in the state of Illinois.

Here recently, ON3 ranked Heard as the #3 Top Performer at the Pangos All-American Camp.

As a Junior this past season at Homewood-Flossmoor (Chicago, Illinois), Heard averaged 19 point, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

NC State offered Heard back on September 22nd last Fall, and he also holds offers from Oklahoma St., Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Illinois, Georgetown, Arizona St., Oklahoma, St. John’s, Kansas St., USC, Boston College and others.

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NC State Offers Top-10 Forward Nate Ament

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NC State was in to watch 2025 Forward Nate Ament (6’8″/170) last week with Team Loaded on the Adidas AAU circuit, and the Wolfpack extended him a scholarship offer on the 20th.

Ament is a consensus Top-40 player in the 2025 recruiting class, with ON3 ranking him 10th overall. Rivals and ON3 both rank him as a 5-star player, and he is the consensus #1 player in the state of Virginia in his class.

He plays for Highland High School in Manassas, Virginia, where he averaged 19.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.7 assists per game last season.

Ament’s offer sheet is insane, holding offers from NC State, Virginia Tech, Duke, Iowa, Wake Forest, Virginia, Pitt, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Louisville, Tennessee, Ole Miss, FSU, Alabama, Texas and others.

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