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Monday / December 9.

    INDIANAPOLIS — Life comes at you fast if you’re Jalen Lecque. Just a couple weeks ago he was a little-known combo guard with mid-major and low-major offers. After a breakout performance at the first EYBL session in Hampton and strong start this weekend in Indianapolis, the Bronx native is now coming in clearly on the radars of the top programs in the country.

    “I always considered myself as a high-major (player),” Lecque said. “I just had to prove it to everybody. I was hiding in the shadows. Now I’m showing everyone what I’m made of.”

    Lecque, who recently classified down to the 2019 class and will transfer to The Christ School (N.C.), scored 24 points for Southern Stampede in a 70-67 loss to R.J. Barrett and UPlay Canada. He previously played at Monsignor Scanlan in the Throgs Neck section of The Bronx.


    INDIANAPOLIS — R.J. Barrett, the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 class, is waiting for an offer he can’t refuse. The Canada native’s godfather is Steve Nash, and the 6-foot-7 wing is taking his time deciding whether or not to reclassify to the 2018 class and his future options.

    On whether he’ll reclassify, Barrett said the upcoming U19 World Championship in Cairo, Egypt will be a factor in his process. Other than that, the highly-sought after Barrett is playing everything close to the vest.

    “Right now, I don’t know,” Barrett said when asked about joining the Class of 2018 at the Nike EYBL stop here, where he made his season debut after sitting out last weekend with a bone bruise in his knee. “Right now I’m still 2019 and I will make a decision in August.”

    Atiba Taylor plays on the Sports U team that is loaded with high-major talent like Naz Reid, Jahvon Quinerly and Luther Muhammad.

    But the 6-foot-3 Class of 2018 combo guard would like to see his own recruitment expand so he’s exploring the option of reclassifying to 2019, he told ZAGSBLOG.

    “I will be reclassifying into the 2019 class,” he said.

    Kansas State, St. Joe’s, Temple and Monmouth are among the schools currently involved, but he could expand his options with strong play this summer with Sports U.

    “We just wanted to maximize his recruitment to find a school that best fits him,” said his father, Atiba Taylor Sr., adding they’re not sure where he would spend the 2018-19 season after he finishes up at Hackensack (N.J.) High School.