Texas Tech basketball makes top-7 for 5-star guard Jalen Lecque

LUBBOCK, TX - MARCH 3: Head coach Chris Beard and Keenan Evans
LUBBOCK, TX - MARCH 3: Head coach Chris Beard and Keenan Evans /

The Texas Tech basketball program is squarely in the mix for one of the top point guards in the nation, 5-star prospect Jalen Lecque, who has the Red Raiders in his top-7.

There was a time in the recent past when the Texas Tech basketball program would not have even been an afterthought to any five-star prospect.  But earlier this week, when 5-star point guard Jalen Leque released his top seven schools, the Red Raiders made the cut.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has spent time growing up in both the New York City area and North Carolina but he will play his final year of high school basketball in New Hampshire this season.  The No. 13 player in the nation and the No. 3 “combo guard” according to 247Sports.com also lists North Carolina State, Louisville, Tennessee, Oregon, TCU and UCLA in his top-7.

Additionally, he holds offers from virtually every significant program in the nation.  The likes of Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Texas Villanova and Xavier are just a few of the programs to offer Lecque a scholarship.  Additionally, he has been in close contact with Duke, North Carolina, Clemson and Maryland but has yet to receive an offer from those programs.

Lecque is looking to play point guard at the collegiate level after bing a do-it-all guard tasked with scoring and handling the ball for his Nike EYBL team last year.  Averaging 14.2 points, 0.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game on the Nike circuit, Lecque is one of the most athletic guards in the nation and his highlight video is a collection of jaw-dropping dunks.

If there is a flaw in his game, it would be his outside shooting.  Lecque made just 4-38 shots from three-point-range on the Nike circuit last year and that is something he will need to improve upon as the college game becomes increasingly dependent upon the three-point-shot.

Landing Lecque would be the biggest recruiting win in the history of Texas Tech basketball.  But under Chris Beard, landing some of the top players in the nation is not as hard to fathom for Texas Tech fans as it once was.

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In 2018, Beard signed the No. 54 prospect in the nation in forward Khavon Moore from Georgia, the highest-rated recruit to ever ink with the Red Raiders.  Now, Beard is after another huge fish and given what we know about the Texas Tech head coach, he gives the Red Raiders as good of a shot as any program in the country.