Sky High – Jalen Lecque’s Potential Matches Jumping Ability

By Jacob Withee | June 30, 2020

There was a lot of hype surrounding Phoenix Suns guard Jalen Lecque entering his rookie season in the NBA. At just 19 years old, the plan was to develop the young man’s game in the NBA G League with the Northern Arizona Suns. Between his jump-out-of-the-gym dunks, smooth drives and slick passes, Lecque not only lived up to the hype, but proved his potential is sky high.

Lecque was first assigned to the NAZ Suns on Oct. 28 for the beginning of their training camp in preparation of the NBA G League season. Lecque had spent the previous few weeks with the Phoenix Suns, getting game action in the preseason, and then made the trip to Prescott Valley to start meshing with his new teammates. In the NAZ Suns’ season opener, Lecque made an immediate impact, tallying 14 points (2-3 3PT), three rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.

In just the third game of the season, Lecque scored 25 points, which ended up being one of three season-high scoring games for the Brewster Academy alum. He made 9-of-19 shots from the field, adding three rebounds and three assists in the Suns’ win.

Just three games later, Lecque scored 25 points again, this time on 9-of-17 shooting, to go with seven rebounds and a career-high five steals against Iowa. His five steals ended up being the most by a Suns player in a game all season, the most since George King had five steals at South Bay on Dec. 29, 2018. With his 25 points, he had the fourth 25+ point, 5+ steal game in team history, the first since Jawun Evans’ 33 point, 5-steal game on Nov. 27, 2018, vs. Memphis.

Fast forward to Jan. 16 for a special moment that Lecque will never forget – the moment he stepped on the court in a NBA regular season game for the first time. In a 121-98 win for the Phoenix Suns at the New York Knicks, Lecque played two minutes at Madison Square Garden.

Five days later, Lecque was assigned for the fourth time of the season. In the NAZ Suns’ win at the Agua Caliente Clippers, he recorded 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting, a career-high nine rebounds, adding five assists. In the Suns’ next game, again at the Clippers, Lecque made waves nationally with one of the best dunks of the year.

It was just one insane dunk of many for Lecque, who had two more less than a week later, on Jan. 31 at Texas.

On Feb. 2, Lecque scored his first career NBA points at the Milwaukee Bucks.

Add in his game the next day at the Brooklyn Nets, Lecque totaled eight points on 3-of-6 shooting in 20 total minutes.

Moving back to the NBA G League, Lecque finished his season with a career-long double-digit scoring run of six games, capping it with a 21-point (9-18 FG), 9-assist, 4-steal night at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on March 7. The first game of the streak he achieved his first career double-double with 16 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds at the Windy City Bulls on Feb. 22. He was the third youngest player in the NBA G League to record a double-double in 2019-20, only older than Talen Horton-Tucker and Alen Smailagic.

Overall, Lecque was assigned six times to the NAZ Suns, where he averaged 13.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 26.6 minutes per game in 33 games (23 starts). He ended up with the second most total points (440) and the third most total assists (115) on the team. He was the only Suns player to record 400+ points, 100+ rebounds and 100+ assists on the year.

Lecque has always had freakish athletic skills. Add in his development with his ball handling, driving ability and shot, it won’t be long before he’s making noise in the NBA.

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