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NC State Signee Jalen Lecque Receives Invite to NBA Combine

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According to Jonathan Wasserman’s of Bleacher Report, NC State 2019 signee Jalen Lecque has received an invite to the NBA Combine.

It was expected that Lecque would be one of the 60-70 prospects invited to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine (May 14-19).

At the Combine, players are:

…measured and take medical tests, are interviewed, perform various athletic tests and shooting drills, and play in five-on-five drills for an audience of National Basketball Association (NBA) coaches, general managers, and scouts. Athletes attend by invitation only.

The athletic tests include a standing vertical jump, maximum vertical jump, bench press, three-quarter-court sprint time, lane agility time, and modified event time. Physical measurements include height with shoes, height without shoes, wingspan, weight, standing reach, body fat, hand length, and hand width. The shooting tests include spot-up three-point field goals from various distances (high school, college, and NBA) depending upon position, shooting off the dribble, and timed jump shots on the move.

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Lecque is a 4-star prospect that 247Sports ranks as the #33 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class. He verbally committed to NC State on October 2nd of last year, and signed his national letter of intent in November.

Originally a member of the 2018 class, playing for Christ School (Arden, NC), Lecque reclassified to the 2019 class, playing a year of Prep ball up at Brewster Academy this year. Being 1 year removed from his high school graduation, Lecque is eligible for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Lecque still retains the ability to play college basketball at NC State if he goes through the process and decides otherwise.

If I read the rules correctly, Lecque has a little more time to figure out his decision. NC State point guard Markell Johnson has to decide by May 29th (NCAA Early Entry Deadline), but I believe Lecque has until June 10th (NBA Early Entry Deadline).

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Tip-Off Times Set for Most of NC State’s 2019-20 ACC Slate

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The NC State Men’s Basketball schedule was released last Thursday, but the tip-off times for all but one of their ACC games now have been revealed.

The only ACC game we don’t know the tip-off time for is the game at Wake Forest on December 7th.

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Katz Projects NC State as a #10 Seed in the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 50 Days Out

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We are 50 days out from the start of the 2019-20 College Men’s Basketball season, and NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released an early Bracketology, projecting that NC State will be a #10 seed in the 2020 NCAA Tournament, playing St. Mary’s in the 1st Round.

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Athlon Predicts NC State’s Men’s Basketball Team to Finish 5th in ACC in 2019-20

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and they predict that NC State’s Men’s Basketball team will finish 5th in the ACC this season.

  1. Duke
  2. Louisville
  3. UNC
  4. UVA
  5. NC State
  6. FSU
  7. Notre Dame
  8. Miami
  9. Syracuse
  10. Georgia Tech
  11. Clemson
  12. Boston College
  13. Wake Forest
  14. Pittsburgh
  15. Virginia Tech

Here’s a rundown of what they had to say about the Wolfpack.

  • Returning 6 of top 7 scorers from last year
  • Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk needs to rebound more consistently, and stay out of foul trouble.
  • The version of Senior Markell Johnson that finished the season will be needed for NC State to get back to the NCAA Tournament.
    • Needs to be a consistent leader and scorer.
  • Junior Braxton Beverly needs to figure out a way to run more hot than cold.
  • Consistency from Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels would go a long way.
  • Team should be back in the NCAA Tournament.
  • With a reloading year for Duke, UVA and UNC, Keatts will get few opportunities like this one.

Pick up your own copy of Athlon’s 2019 College Basketball Preview at your local store.

 

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NC State’s Markell Johnson Makes Athlon’s Preseason All-ACC 1st Team

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Athlon released their 2019-20 College Basketball preview, and NC State Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson was named to their Preseason All-ACC 1st Team.

1st Team

Cole Anthony – FR – G – UNC
Vernon Carey Jr. – FR – C – Duke
Markell Johnson – SR – G – NC State
Tre Jones – SO – G – Duke
Jordan Nwora – JR – F – Louisville

2nd Team 

Mamadi Diakite – SR – F – Virginia
Matthew Hurt – FR – F – Duke
Xavier Johnson – SO – G – Pittsburgh
Chris Lykes – JR – G – Miami
John Mooney – SR – F – Notre Dame

3rd Team 

James Banks III – SR – F/C – Georgia Tech
T.J. Gibbs – SR – G – Notre Dame
Braxton Key – SR – G – Virginia
Nik Popovic – SR – F – Boston College
Patrick Williams – FR – F – Florida State

You can pick up your copy of the 2019 Athlon College Basketball Preview at your local grocery store.

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