Friar Basketball

Contact Period Kicks Off with Visit to Tennessee for Cooley


Jason Smith knows a thing or two about the September contact period.  As the head coach at Brewster Academy he sends waves of prospect to high major colleges every year.  Regarding the beginning of the September contact period he astutely tweeted, “if a coach is in your home or on your campus during the first few days of the NCAA Recruiting Period, you are a priority. If not, you aren’t.”

So, it’s certainly noteworthy that PC head coach Ed Cooley was in Nashville today to visit 2014 super-prospect Jalen Lindsey, according to Lindsey’s head coach Drew Maddux of Christ Presbyterian Academy.  The 6’6 Lindsey has star potential.  He’s ranked 16th overall in the class of 2014 by ESPN, and, as noted here previously, was on PC’s campus this past summer on an unofficial visit.

The pursuit of Lindsey is another example of Cooley aiming high in recruiting.  A trip to Nashville on the opening day of the September contact period is certainly indicative of the Friars’ interest in one of the best athletes in the class of 2014.

In a video from 2010 Maddux, a high school teammate of former Kentucky star Ron Mercer, said the similarities between Lindsey and Mercer are “eery.”

It’s also worth noting that Cooley and his staff continue to work locally.  Putnam Science Academy point guard Dayshon Smith (2013) visited campus for this second time in a month this past weekend and walked away with an offer.  Smith has seen his stock skyrocket this summer and is now seeing interest from the likes of Pittsburgh, Illinois and Syracuse, noting in an interview with ESPN that he plans to visit the Orange in September.

Smith is a good outside shooter whose point guard skills are developing.  The New England Recruiting Report has Smith, a New York native prepping in Connecticut, as their third rated player in the region for the class of 2013.

Additionally, Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal tweeted today that the staff was in Michigan to see 2013 top 100 prospect EC Matthews.  Matthews is a 6’4, left handed combo guard.

Finally, Brandon Austin, a top 75 small forward out of Philadelphia, is no longer considering the Friars.

It should be a busy week on the recruiting scene, and primary targets will become easier to identify for schools across the country.


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