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Five-star guard Jalen Lecque to take official visit Tennessee this weekend

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One of Tennessee’s biggest targets of the 2019 class will be taking his official visit to Knoxville this weekend. Jalen Lecque — a 6-4, five-star combo guard — confirmed his visit on Twitter yesterday.

Tennessee lost out on Tre Mann to Florida, who they put a lot of effort into. Those efforts have now shifted towards five-star prospects Josiah James and Jalen Lecque.

Lecque is the 29th ranked player in the 2019 class, according to the 247 Sports Composite. After talk of him reclassifying to the 2018 class, Lecque instead chose to change high schools. He will play his final season of high school ball in New Hampshire, moving from Arden, North Carolina.

Lecque is actually from New York City, but his family decided to move him away from distractions. That’s how he ended up in North Carolina — and now he’s off to national powerhouse Brewster.

N.C. State currently leads in the crystal ball projections for Lecque, holding 71 percent of the predictions. Kentucky and TCU each received two votes.

Tennessee has two commits in the 2019 class to this point with Drew Pember and Davonte Gaines. Admiral Schofield and Kyle Alexander figure to be the only key losses for Barnes after this season.

Barnes has yet to truly land any elite talent during his time in Knoxville, but recent success on the basketball court can’t hurt. We’ll see if that makes a difference with guys like Lecque or Josiah James as the 2019 recruiting cycle plays out.