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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Jalen Lecque talks about UK as reclass decision looms

Is there any chance Lecque ends up in Kentucky’s 2018 backcourt?

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Five-star guard Jalen Lecque is one of the biggest stars of the 2019 class (he currently sits at No. 9 in the class on the 247 Sports composite), but like so many high school stars in today’s basketball world, Lecque is considering reclassification into the 2018 class.

“I thought about it, but I’m just trying to come back home since the school year has ended and work on my game,” Lecque said to Rivals’ Eric Bossi. “If I’m ready (to reclassify) by school time, then it could be whatever.”

Lecque is ranked as the No. 2 combo guard in his class by 247 Sports. He stands 6-feet-4-inches and weighs 175 lbs. Currently, Lecque’s crystal ball favors the Oregon Ducks and North Carolina Tar Heels, but he talked to Bossi about Kentucky.

“I love playing with guys like (committed Tyrese Maxey and Ashton Hagans),” Lecque said. “Even though on my team I have guys that can also play, I’ve never played with guys that are of that caliber at my position, as well. It would be interesting, but you never know how I would do.”

Lecque seems to have the whole country recruiting him. He holds offers from 38 schools, including Kentucky, Oregon, the Tennessee Volunteers, the Louisville Cardinals, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Auburn Tigers, the Florida Gators and the Kansas Jayhawks.

When watching the tape on Lecque (check out his highlight reel below), the first thing that jumps out is his bounceability. As a 6-foot-4-inch high school guard, there’s no way he should be able to attack the rim the way that he does. He drives like Russell Westbrook and he’s able to maneuver his way around the paint well enough to finish dunks even when he isn’t slashing.

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