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None-and-done? NC State signee Jalen Lecque exploring his draft options

Jalen Lecque discusses playing in the Triangle, in front of NC State coach Kevin Keatts

Jalen Lecque discusses playing in the Triangle, in front of NC State coach Kevin Keatts. He had 19 points in a win over Greene Central in the John Wall Holiday Invitational on Dec. 27, 2017.
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Jalen Lecque discusses playing in the Triangle, in front of NC State coach Kevin Keatts. He had 19 points in a win over Greene Central in the John Wall Holiday Invitational on Dec. 27, 2017.

Jalen Lecque might enter the NBA draft or he might play for N.C. State next season.

Lecque, a four-star recruit who signed with the Wolfpack in November, is trying to figure out his options.

The 6-3, 190-pound guard from Brewster Prep Academy has submitted paperwork to the NBA to enter the draft, according to ESPN. The question is whether Lecque is eligible?

“We don’t have a confirmation on whether he’s eligible or not,” Derrick Lecque, his father, told 247Sports. “We’ve sent in all the paperwork, but the reality is we haven’t gotten the feedback that he’s eligible.”

The NBA’s “one-and-done” rule prevents high school seniors from going directly to the NBA draft but Lecque is a fifth-year player and will turn 19 on June 13.

Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, to be eligible you have to turn 19 during the calendar year of the draft and be at least one year removed from high-school graduation.

According to ESPN, the NBA will have to evaluate Lecque’s high school transcripts. Lecque spent his first three years of high school in New York and one year at the Christ School in Arden (the 2017-18 season) before playing a fifth season at Brewster in Wolfeboro, N.H.

If he’s draft eligible, Lecque could go through the draft evaluation process and still decide to go to N.C. State. He is projected as a second-round pick by NBAdraft.net.

An athletic combo guard, Lecque is is ranked No. 33 in the recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings and is known for his high-flying dunks. He put on a show at the John Wall Invitational in December in Raleigh. He averaged 12.6 points and 4.6 assists per game at Brewster this season. He helped Brewster win 34 games and the National Prep Championship.

As a fifth-year player, Lecque wasn’t eligible for the McDonald’s All-American game. He is scheduled to play in the Jordan Brand Classic against the top players in the recruiting class in Las Vegas on April 20.

He has until April 21 to submit his name for the draft and until May 29 to withdraw. For the first time this year, players going through the draft process are allowed to hire an agent to help them. N.C. State guard Markell Johnson, a junior, is also expected to go through the NBA draft process.

Six of N.C. State’s seven top scorers from a 24-win NIT team are eligible to return next season. Lecque is one of two commitments N.C. State has in the recruiting class with four open scholarships.

N.C. State has been active in recruiting graduate transfers Pat Andree from Lehigh and Rayjon Tucker from Arkansas-Little Rock.

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