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UK Basketball recruit Jalen Lecque changing schools, won’t reclassify

Lecque staying in 2019 is good for Kentucky.

Five-star guard Jalen Lecque has announced he’s transferring to another high school, which means he’s staying in the 2019 class.

Lecque played at Christ School in Arden, North Carolina, last year. Brewster Academy, where he’ll play his senior season, is located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Lecque, a 6-3 combo guard, is the No. 13 player in the 2019 247 Sports Composite. He currently has 38 offers, one of which is Kentucky.

The belief was that Kentucky would be in a good position with Lecque if he stayed in the 2019 class. Kentucky’s 2018 roster is just far too loaded to accommodate yet another big star.

Kentucky is one of three schools to have a one-third share of the predictions in Lecque’s crystal ball. With Lecque staying in the 2019 class, Calipari not only has more time to make his mark in Lecque’s recruitment, but he’ll be able to promise Lecque a star role within the 2019 freshman class.

And Lecque’s certainly capable of performing within a star role. The new Brewster guard is extremely athletic with a lot of bounceability.

Saying this, it looks like Kentucky is higher on getting Cole Anthony as that second guard in 2019 to pair with Tyrese Maxey. Anthony is expected to decide in the spring, and so too is Lecque.

Ideally, Anthony decides first, giving time for Kentucky to circle back and make a strong push for Lecque is he’s still available.

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