The Kentucky basketball staff is set to visit two top recruits for the 2019 and 2020 class tomorrow. Both of them play for Christ School in North Carolina.
Kentucky will be in tomorrow at Christ School to see 2019 Jalen Lecque and 2020 F Justice Ajogbor. pic.twitter.com/d83D1VOn55— Justin Byerly (@JustinByerly) January 23, 2018
Jalen Lecque is nationally ranked #9 for the 2019 recruiting class by 247 Sports. He’s the second best point guard in the class, and the best player in North Carolina.
Justice Ajogbor is nationally ranked #52 for the 2020 recruiting class. He’s a big power forward, standing at 6-foot-9 and weighing in at 220 pounds.
Both of these guys are big targets for John Calipari, with the obvious focus on Lecque. Kentucky is currently not a favorite for Lecque , but that could change if they make him more of a priority.
Lecque hails from the Bronx in New York and is a game changer on the court. He had a triple double in the last game he played with 16 points, 10 assists, and 10 boards.
Rumor has it that Lecque is considering reclassifying for the 2018 class. This would put him as one of the most sought-after recruits in that class for next year.
While possible, Leque said in late December that those odds are around “50-50,” according to USA Today’s Jason Jordan.
“Academically, I’m good to go,” Lecque told Jordan. “It’s all about my development. Right now, I’d say I’m 50-50 on moving up to 2018.”
If this happens, Kentucky needs to put most of their effort in getting him. It’s been a disappointing recruiting season to say the least, but if the Cats can scoop up a reclassified Lecque, it’d help turn the tides in the right direction.
This would also help soften what may be an unexpected departure of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who has gone from sixth man to a projected first-round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
If Kentucky were to lose Shai, getting Leque would be a great way to make up for that loss.
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