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Jalen Lecque Talks to Evan Daniels About NC State and the NBA

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2019 5-star point guard NC State commit Jalen Lecque is verbally committed to the Wolfpack, but he has the ability to go straight to the NBA after his prep year at Brewster Academy. This past weekend Lecque and his Brewster crew were at the National Prep Showcase, and 12 NBA teams were in attendance scouting him. Lecque caught up with 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, and talked NC State and his NBA future.

“I’m not really focused on the NBA right now,” Lecque said. “I’m focused on my first step first with high school. The next step is college. I’m getting everything out of the way. Graduate and looking to perform my best every game.”

“Education can take you really far,” he said. “If the ball stops right now God forbid, I’d have an education if I went to school. I don’t think the G League is in my favor. Not knocking it down or anything, but I don’t think it’s for me.” (247)

NC State fans can go ahead and bank on living with anxiety from now until the Spring, because that’s when he will make his decision regarding next year.

“That wouldn’t come for a while,” he said. “Just being so early in the year and me developing as a point guard and becoming a more scorer and passing and getting everyone involved I think I need more time.” (247)

Lecque told Daniels that he would probably be signing his letter of intent to play at NC State by the end of the early signing period tomorrow.

“I have the papers and stuff, so I’ll probably be doing that over Thanksgiving break,” Lecque said.

“I believe so, but I’m not too sure,” he added when pressed about signing. (247)

 

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4-Star F Dontrez Styles: “I love everything about NC State”

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4-Star Dontrez Styles showed out at the John Wall Holiday Invitational last week, averaging 20.6 points over 3 games, recording double-doubles in 2 of them (10 rebounds each). Styles earned All-Tournament team honors.

NC State has made the standout out of Kinston High School a priority, according to 247Sports’ Evan Daniels.

Which school has prioritized him?

“N.C. State,” Style said. “They contact me every day to be honest and they tell me that they need me.”

“I love everything about them,” he added when asked about them. “They are a great school. Coach [Kevin] Keatts is a great coach. I love it.” (247)

247Sports ranks Styles as the #76 player nationally in the 2021 class, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.

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NC State Watched 4-Star C Roosevelt Wheeler Last Night

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NC State Men’s Basketball coaches were in attendance last night watching 4-Star 2021 Center Roosevelt Wheeler (6’10″/220) of John Marshall High School (Richmond, VA).

NC State has made an early impression on Wheeler. After offering the standout from Virginia in August of last year, Wheeler decided to take an early Official Visit to NC State back in September.

Wheeler is ranked as the #55 overall player nationally according to Rivals, and the #9 Center. 247Sports ranks him as the #67 overall player, the #12 Center, and the #3 player in the state of Virginia.

Every single member of the NC State coaching staff has connections to the state of Virginia. Head Coach Kevin Keatts coached at Hargrave Military Academy for over a decade, and is a native of Lynchburg. Assistant Coach James Johnson is a native of Powhatan, Virginia, and coached at Longwood College, Hargrave Military Academy, George Mason and Virginia Tech, which are all in the Commonwealth. Assistant Takayo Siddle played for, and served as a coach with Keatts at Hargrave. Assistant Roy Roberson coached 20+ years in the state of Virginia.

NC State has made Wheeler a top priority in 2021.

Wheeler also holds offers from Georgetown, VCU, Wake Forest and ODU.

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Keatts Watched 4-Star F Dontrez Styles This Week

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NC State head coach Kevin Keatts watched 4-Star 2021 Forward Dontrez Styles (6’7″/205) on Tuesday night.

The Wolfpack offered Styles back on July 16th.

Styles is listed as a Small Forward by 247Sports, and a Power Forward by Rivals. 247Sports ranks him as the #105 overall player in the nation, the #25 Small Forward and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina. Rivals ranks him as the #78 overall player in the nation, and the #20 Power Forward.

He also holds offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Clemson, DePaul, St. John’s, VCU and others.

Styles plays for Kinston High School, and is thankful that Keatts was at his game.

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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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