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5-Star 2019 PG Jalen Lecque Signs LOI to Play for NC State

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RALEIGH, NC. – NC State men’s basketball head coach Kevin Keatts announced Wednesday that Jalen Lecque has signed a national letter of intent to attend NC State and play basketball for the Wolfpack.

The Teaneck, NJ, native is listed as a five-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals. ESPN ranks him as the No. 22 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class. He is also listed by USA Today as a member of the Chosen 25, which is a ranking of the top recruits in the 2019 class.
Lecque is currently playing his senior season at prep school powerhouse Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., under head coach Jason Smith.

He played his junior year at Christ School in Arden, N.C. During his one season at Christ School, Lecque averaged 20.1 points, 9.3 assists and 9.1 rebounds a game for the Greenies while leading the program to a 23-13 overall record and a second round NCISAA playoff appearance.

Lecque played for Team Renaissance on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer. He averaged 14.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 21 games.

Lecque is the son of Derrick and Michelle Lecque.

Coach Keatts on Jalen Lecque:
Jalen is the most explosive player in the 2019 class and has become one of the premier playmakers in the country. He’s a dynamic point guard who is great at getting into the lane and finishing at the rim or creating offense for his teammates. Jalen fits the mold of everything we are looking for in a guard in our system and has the potential to become a lockdown defender. Jalen checks off all the boxes we look for in terms of recruiting a total student-athlete. He will be a great asset to not only our program, but to the entire NC State community. We look forward to welcoming Jalen and his family to Wolfpack Nation.”

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Kevin Keatts Presser After Wake Forest: BULLETED

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media in his post game press conference after NC State’s 91-82 victory over Wake Forest today. You can watch it here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.

  • Our guys did a tremendous job of coming in here on the road and getting a good road win.
  • We played really good basketball the last 4 halves…dating back to the second half of the Memphis game and then the entire Wisconsin game.
  • Six guys in double digit figures…shows you how balanced we are.
  • Manny Bates was tremendous.
    • 8 points and blocked a lot of shots.
  • Happy with what we have with our rotation.
    • Everybody that’s playing in the game is contributing.
  • We’re going to get our first ice cream of the year (Road Win). So, I’m excited about that.

On historically struggling to win at Wake Forest…

  • We’ve had some success in here. My last 2 out of 3 years, we’ve been able to win.
  • It’s a tough place to play.
  • Had a chance last year, but we were without Markell Johnson.

Success from 3…

  • We shot the ball well from 3.
    • 12 for 22.
  • Was a little mad because I thought we passed up on some shots that we could have made.
    • Jericole had a 3 in the corner that I thought he should have taken.
    • Same thing with C.J. Bryce.
  • We’ve been putting a lot of work on making shots.
  • We expected when we came into this game that we could see a mixture of man-to-man and that 3-2 matchup, so we spent a lot of time the last few days on making shots from behind the arc.

Jericole Hellems…

  • If you guys would do me a favor and obviously keep Jericole Hellems and his family in your prayers, it would mean a lot to us.
  • I didn’t see what happened.
  • I was able to talk to him, and I told him to hang in there. He was talking. He was communicating with those guys. After I leave you guys, I’m going to go by and check on him.
  • It was hard for me the last 28 seconds of the game, because it was hard for me to focus on the game knowing that we had one of our kids hurt.

Where they are at now…

  • I love the way we’re playing.
  • With this team, it has been a little bit slow developing roles.
  • They’re starting to understand their roles and how to play.

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NC State 91 Wake Forest 82: BOX SCORE

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NC State had 6 players score in double figures this afternoon in a 91-82 victory over Wake Forest. The Box Score is below.

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NC State 91 Wake Forest 82: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State improved to 7-2 today defeating Wake Forest 91-82 on the road, which is their first ACC win of the year. Below is the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game.

 

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NC State’s Balanced Offensive Attack Secures a 91-82 Wolfpack Victory at Wake Forest

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Six NC State (7-2) players were in double-figures today in Winston-Salem, which led to a 91-82 Wolfpack victory over Wake Forest (5-5) on the road, which is never a given.

The monkey almost crawled back on the back of NC State in the final minutes, but the Wolfpack’s large lead was able to withstand sloppy play as the game wrapped up. With 4:08 left in the game, NC State was up by 17 points, but they allowed the Deacs to make it a 5 point game with 28 seconds to go.

Redshirt Senior Guard C.J. Bryce led the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounding, with 18 points and 8 rebounds off the bench, along with 4 assists.

Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson had 14 points (4-7 FG/2-3 3PT) and a team high 7 assists.

Sophomore Jericole Hellems’ hot hand didn’t cool off, scoring 13 points (5-9 FG/3-4 3PT), sinking 3 more three-pointers. Sadly, he took a nasty spill in the final seconds, and was taken off the court on a stretcher with what looked to be a head injury.

Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk scored 11 and Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels scored 12. Daniels also splashed the stat sheet with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Wake Forest’s Senior Guard Brandon Childress did everything he could to keep the Deacs in the game, scoring 30 points, sinking 5 three-pointers.

The difference in the game was NC State’s 2nd chance points and points off turnovers. The Wolfpack scored 21 points off of 12 offensive rebounds, and scored 27 points off of 19 turnovers.

This is the type of game NC State has lost over and over again in the past, losing 6 of their last 7 games in Winston-Salem. The Wolfpack are now 1-1 in ACC play.

The Wolfpack will have a week off before they play at UNCG next Sunday.

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