With just three players committed in the 2018 class, you would think that John Calipari and company would be hot on the trail of someone that would come on board this fall.
However, for the second time in just two weeks, Calipari and Kenny Payne are going down to North Carolina to see the No. 2 point guard in the 2019 class, Jalen Lecque.
#Kentucky HC John Calipari & Kenny Payne will be in for 5⭐️PG Jalen Lecque @jalenlecque10 of @ChristSchoolBB tomorrow for his game. #BBN @TheAthleticCBB pic.twitter.com/parOEPXXfF— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) February 6, 2018
Lecque is listed as the top player in North Carolina next season, according to 247 Sports. The North Carolina Tar Heels have long been the favorite for the in-state recruit, and the Oregon Ducks have been the only school in contention to this point.
But it seems obvious that Calipari has his sights set on Lecque, and that could certainly turn the tide in Kentucky’s favor. This could have an even larger impact if Lecque reclassifies to the 2018 class, which he has openly said is really a coin flip at this point.
Signing Lecque could add some much-needed buzz to the 2018 recruiting class for Kentucky, and perhaps regain the favor of some who lost faith when Zion Williamson shocked the world by committing to Duke.
This is the second time Kentucky’s staff has met with Leque in a two-week span, so it appears they’re ramping up their interest.
But with Quade Green and Jemarl Baker returning, and all three commits for the 2018 class (Keldon Johnson, Immanuel Quickley, and Tyler Herro) being guards, does it really make sense for the Wildcats to sign another point guard?
As we have seen this season, injuries and foul trouble can change the direction of any given gave and even the course of an entire season. Especially if Calipari hopes to run a 3-guard lineup next season, having depth in the back court would be essential for Kentucky’s success.
Calipari would be silly to pass on Lecque if he is available, right?