Jalen Lecque

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Jalen Lecque
No. 0 – Phoenix Suns
PositionPoint guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (2000-06-13) June 13, 2000 (age 19)
Manhattan, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft2019 / Undrafted
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentPhoenix Suns

Jalen Lecque Jr. (born June 3, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He entered the 2019 NBA draft after deciding to skip college basketball.

Early life[edit]

Lecque was born in Manhattan, New York and lived in The Bronx until he was three years old. Both of his parents worked in Harlem, his father at a barbershop and his mother at a hospital. As a toddler, Lecque moved with his family to Teaneck, New Jersey, where he attended elementary and middle school.[1]

High school career[edit]

Instead of attending his local school Teaneck High School, Lecque decided to enroll at Monsignor Scanlan High School in The Bronx because of its superior basketball program.[2] In the 2016–17 season, he averaged about 11 points per game.[3] In April 2017, Lecque saw breakout success with Southern Stampede at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), helping him gain interest from many prominent NCAA Division I programs.[4]

Entering the 2017–18 season, Lecque transferred to Christ School in Arden, North Carolina while reclassifying from the 2018 to 2019 class.[5][6] He was drawn to the school for not only basketball, but also academics.[2] Lecque averaged 20.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 9.3 assists per game, leading his team to the 3A North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA) state semifinals. He was named Asheville Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina (WNC) Player of the Year and earned NCISAA All-State honors.[7]

On July 30, 2018, Lecque announced that he would transfer to Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire for his senior season.[8]

On April 20, 2019, Lecque declared for the 2019 NBA draft.[9] On May 29, 2019, he remained in the NBA draft past the withdrawal deadline, ensuring that he would not play at the college level.[10]

On May 8, 2019, Lecque was named one of 77 total players participating in the NBA Draft Combine later in the month.[11] He recorded a 43-inch maximum vertical leap, the highest at the combine, and left the combine early after receiving positive feedback from NBA teams.[12]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jalen Lecque
PG
Wolfeboro, NH Brewster Academy (NH) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 2, 2018 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 88
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 40  247Sports: 40  ESPN: 41
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "NC State 2019 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  • "2019 NC State Wildcats Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  • "2019 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 14, 2019.

Professional career[edit]

Lecque was not drafted in the 2019 NBA draft on June 20. He was signed to a 4 year deal, 2 years guaranteed, by the Phoenix Suns on July 6.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Ryan (August 15, 2018). "Jalen Lecque Is Representing New York City to the Fullest". Slam. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Cordova, David (June 15, 2017). "Rook Season: Jalen Lecque Goes From Underrated Player in CHSAA to High-Major Recruit". Dave's Joint. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Richey, Scott (July 15, 2017). "Illinois offers 2019 point guard". The News-Gazette. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  4. ^ Zagoria, Adam (April 29, 2017). "Bronx Native Jalen Lecque Becoming Breakout Star on EYBL Circuit". ZagsBlog. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  5. ^ Lawless, Pat (December 9, 2017). "Kentucky, Texas, Oregon, Maryland and more are prioritizing Jalen Lecque - 2019 guard breaks down his recruitment". Made Hoops. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Lane, Chris (June 15, 2017). "2019 guard Jalen Lecque taking unofficial visit to Villanova". VU Hoops. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  7. ^ Thompson, David (March 20, 2018). "All-WNC Boys Basketball Team". Asheville Citizen-Times. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Jordan, Jason (July 30, 2018). "Five-star SG Jalen Lecque to transfer to Brewster Academy". USA Today High School Sports. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  9. ^ Abdeldaiem, Alaa (April 20, 2019). "NC State Commit Jalen Lecque Declares for 2019 NBA Draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Hines, Travis (May 29, 2019). "NC State recruit Jalen Lecque staying in draft". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "Sixty-six players expected to attend NBA Draft Combine". National Basketball Association. May 8, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  12. ^ Krest, Shawn (May 22, 2019). "Little, Lecque among winners at NBA Draft Combine". North State Journal. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  13. ^ "Suns Sign Johnson, Jerome, Lecque". NBA.com. July 6, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2019.