|H.S. Senior||6’4″ 180||Point Guard||Brewster Acad.||DOB: 6/13/00|
|14.4 ppg||4.8 rpg||3.7 apg||FG: 43.6%||3 PT: 15.8%|
*Stats are from the 2018 EYBL AAU Season
Vertical Leap: 43″
Strengths: Speed, Athleticism, Length, Shot Creation
Weaknesses: Outside Shooting, Limited Production, Experience
Lecque committed to NC State, but as a fifth year high school senior he has a chance at being eligible for this years draft. He is in his fifth year of high school, and will be turning 19 in June, which has sources saying he will be granted eligibility for the draft. Even if he is eligible, Lecque will have a big decision on his hands with the opportunity to head to NC State and improve his draft stock. His speed and athleticism are elite, setting him up for plenty of highlight dunks in the open court. He would be able to compete as an athlete from day one at whatever level of professional basketball he begins on. Lecque has a 6’8″ wingspan that when coupled with his athleticism gives him the tools to become a solid perimeter defender, however that will take time. He is able to create a shot off of the dribble with ease, or use his quickness to beat a defender when driving to the basket. His offensive abilities translate well to the next level and his ceiling is higher than many other potential second round picks due these skills. Using his crossover, spin move, and simply getting by defenders with his speed/quickness will not only allow him to get open looks but it will give Lecque plenty of opportunities to set his teammates up with shots.
There are definitely question marks in his game, with outside shooting being the most obvious concern. In the EYBL he shot 15.8% from behind the arc, with his stats in other leagues not being much better. This will be the most important part of his game going forward as he will need to become a consistent shooter to stick in the league. Despite the highlight plays, teams would have liked Lecque to put up better scoring numbers in his last season of high school basketball. He averaged 20.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game in his last year at Christ School, then followed it up with 12.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists per game at Brewster Academy this past season. The drop in numbers was somewhat due to the fact that Brewster had a very talented roster, however it is concerning that he did have more production given his skill set. If a team selects Lecque in the draft they are taking a risk assuming that with a larger role and usage he will be able to reach his high ceiling as a professional. Anytime a draft prospect has only played on the high school or prep level there are going to be questions about how he will deal with the increased talent in the NBA. Lecque has the athleticism and skill set to be able to compete on a high level, and as long as his game continues to grow he has a chance to find a role in the league. He has shown flashes of his ability to pass, but his point guard skills will need some coaching and as the floor opens up on the professional level that part of his game should improve.
These two plays give you an idea of his athleticism:
Jalen Lecque is headed to NC STATE!!! pic.twitter.com/jjS2lM9Yrh— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) October 2, 2018
Lecque still has the option to play at NC State should he make that decision by the deadline, but with the expectation that he will become draft eligible, many believe he will remain in the draft. If that is the case, he is viewed as a possible second round, but he could also be passed up entirely and go undrafted. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level point guard, scoring at an above average rate and being a dynamic player in the open floor. The worst case scenario for Lecque is that he is unable to shoot the ball effectively enough to earn significant minutes, ending up in a limited role on a roster or out of the league after getting a chance to stick on a roster.