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Jalen Lecque: Checking in on the 19-Year-Old Rookie

An exciting prospect in high-school, well-renowned for his viral dunks, Jalen Lecque made the jump straight to the NBA. Regarded as a fifth year senior, Lecque was able to give the professional ranks a crack.

Despite receiving positive feedback in the 2019 Draft Combine, he went undrafted. But soon signed a 3-year, $4,198,912 deal with the Phoenix Suns. Including $2,416,291 guaranteed. As per Spotrac.

Lecque was assigned to the G League in October 2019, with the Northern Arizona Suns. Where he has spent the majority of the 2019/20 campaign. In 33 games, he has averaged 13.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. On 41.1% shooting.

The 19-year-old rookie has been struggling with his outside shot, however. Converting at a 21.7% rate, on 3.5 attempts per game. The majority of his work has been done in the paint, where he has been showing off his athleticism. Whether it be flashy finishes, emphatic dunks, or impressive dishes to teammates.

He’s had three 25-point performances, and has passed the 15-point mark on 11 occasions this season. Before the COVID-19 suspension, Lecque was starting to hit a rhythm. In March (3 games), he was averaging 17.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 2.3 steals, per game. All on an impressive 50% shooting.

The 6-foot-3 guard is a very raw talent. He’s committing 2.9 turnovers per game and has a season plus/minus of -7.1. Although, a lot of that will come down his team’s 8-34 record.

Lecque looks extremely confident, and at times he shows moments of brilliance. Which will be more prominent in time, as he adjusts to the professional ranks.

Despite his young age, he has filled out into his frame. Locking horns with players much older than himself. Out on the court he looks very Russell Westbrook-esque. With his explosive, fearless motions to create opportunities at the rim.

Jalen Lecque a very exciting and enjoyable prospect to watch, that’s for sure. His G League efforts have rewarded him with four NBA appearances with the Phoenix Suns. Where he has been averaging 2.5 points, in 6.5 minutes played.


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