North Carolina State commit Jalen Lecque has declared for the 2019 NBA draft. In a video posted to his Twitter page on Saturday, Lecque thanked his family and school before announcing his decision to forgo playing time at the college level.
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Jalen Lecque might enter the NBA draft or he might play for N.C. State next season. Lecque, a four-star recruit who signed with the Wolfpack in November, is trying to figure out his options. The 6-3, 190-pound guard from Brewster Prep Academy has submitted paperwork to the NBA to enter the draft, according to ESPN. The question is whether Lecque is eligible? “We don’t have a confirmation on whether he’s eligible or not,” Derrick Lecque, his father, told 247Sports. “We’ve sent in all the paperwork, but the reality is we haven’t gotten the feedback that he’s eligible.”
The NBA’s “one-and-done” rule prevents high school seniors from going directly to the NBA draft but Lecque is a fifth-year player and will turn 19 on June 13. Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, to be eligible you have to turn 19 during the calendar year of the draft and be at least one year removed from high-school graduation. According to ESPN, the NBA will have to evaluate Lecque’s high school transcripts. Lecque spent his first three years of high school in New York and one year at the Christ School in Arden (the 2017-18 season) before playing a fifth season at Brewster in Wolfeboro, N.H.
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Lecque could declare for the 2019 NBA Draft because he’s a year removed from his graduating class and will turn 19 in 2019. He’s currently projected as the No. 25 pick in 2019 per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Representatives from 16 NBA teams watched Lecque and his Brewster Academy team go 0-2 at the National Prep Showcase at Albertus Magnus College. Still, Derrick Lecque said the NBA is not his son’s focus at this time. “That’s not even a thought right now, no sir,” Derrick said. “I’m not even talking to the NBA right now. That’s not what we’re doing right now because there’s a lot of expectations there, so we’re going to stay in the gym and work. We’re going to work and we’re going to get it right before we start talking about the NBA. The NBA shouldn’t have ever been mentioned from the beginning.”
“I’m not really focused on the NBA right now,” Lecque said Saturday. “I’m focused on first steps first with high school and then next steps with college. I’m getting everything out of the way, graduating and looking to perform my best every game.”
N.C. State commit Jalen Lecque is leaning towards signing his National Letter of Intent this coming week but is still considering the NBA as an option beginning during the 2019-20 season. Because he is a year removed from his high school graduating class, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Lecque could declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. He’s currently projected as the No. 25 pick in 2019 per ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Representatives from 16 NBA teams watched Lecque and his Brewster Academy team go 0-2 here at the National Prep Showcase at Albertus Magnus College, losing Friday night to Mount Zion Prep (MD) and Saturday to Link Year Prep (MO).
Four-star Class of 2019 combo guard Jalen Lecque, a top-30 prospect according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, is considering spurning college and entering his name in the 2019 NBA Draft, according to ESPN.
“I could be a freshman on a college campus right now,” Lecque told ESPN. “I am eligible for the  draft. I’m a fifth-year senior, but I’m also eligible for the draft because of my grades.”
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Bhullar has also tried to popularize the game in India by opening courts and helping children to play. And he’s moved by the passion that already exists for the game. “I would go to the courts in the morning and there would be a bunch of kids playing. I was in awe… I saw some kids with broken shoes… and they were running around and playing basketball.”
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