Friar Basketball

A Closer Look: Jalen Lindsey

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Throughout the 2012-13 season, Friarbasketball.com will take a closer look at a number of key Friar recruits. Our staff will continue to provide in-person reports on the top Friar targets all season, and updates on prospects that have been previously featured. 

Prospect: Jalen Lindsey

Position: SG/SF 

School: Christ Presbyterian Academy

AAU Programs: Tennessee Travelers, Georgia Stars, Georgia Stampede

Class: 2014

Overview:

Jalen Lindsey is a 6’6 SG/SF from Franklin, Tennessee that the Friars are very interested in. “Tennessee?” you ask? Well, it so happens that Lindsey’s father is originally from Rhode Island and he still has family in the area. Jalen made an unofficial visit to PC last summer when visiting Rhode Island and the Friar staff has made several trips out to Tennessee to see Lindsey in person this season. As a matter of fact, Ed Cooley promised Lindsey that he would be on hand for his first day of practice and, sure enough, Cooley was there, even though it was the PC coach’s birthday.

In Person Impression

Lindsey becomes the first Friar recruit featured in “A Closer Look” that the Friarbasketball.com staff has not seen in person. Kevin, however, did have an in-depth interview with Lindsey’s high school coach, Drew Maddux in which the coach compared Lindsey to his life-long friend Ron Mercer.

Lindsey’s Game

Lindsey is the prototypical small forward in that he is an incredible athelete and is just about unstoppable in the open court. On the fast break he is a human highlight film. Check out this video courtesy of Kevin Stammerman:

Jalen has great form on his outside shot, but reportedly has to work on his consistency. His biggest area to work on going forward is adding muscle/weight which many elite prospects have to do at this stage of their careers. Scouts also note that he needs to work on his ball handling, but these “weaknesses” are all relative since his talent level is so high.

What Others Are Saying:

ESPN says that “Lindsey has all the tools to become a prime time player in the class of 2014. He has nice length, understands the game, plays with passion and determination, and has first class athleticism. He is young for his class which bodes very well for his future progress. He has always been able to ‘out-athlete’ his peers on the floor, yet he has a nice grasp on his basketball future and knows what it takes to step up to the next level. Jalen is a five star player and the 17th ranked player in the Class of 2014.”

RIVALS notes that “Jalen is a big-time athlete who has an explosive first step and deft shooting touch.” They have him ranked as the 30th overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

SCOUT’s Evan Daniels said at the EYBL in Dallas this past May that Lindsey “is much more confident in his perimeter game than this time a year ago. He’s turned himself into a pretty good shooter off the catch out to 22 feet. The next step in his development is improving his ball handling and middle game.” Scout has Lindsey ranked as the 25th overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

The Competition:
Lindsey has recently narrowed down his list of schools to nine. Besides PC, he is most interested in Florida, Louisville, Tennessee, NC State, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Auburn and Mississippi State.  All have offered. Duke, North Carolina, and Kentucky are also involved, although they have not yet offered.

This may seem like formidable competition, but Cooley and the Friars have been involved for a long time and have really made Lindsey a primary focus in their 2014 recruiting class.

Bottom Line:
Providence has already left a very big impression on Jalen, his family, and his high school coach. This is an excerpt from a National Recruiting Spotlight article in January:

“Providence has been coming after me the hardest,” he added. “That definitely means a lot that they’re recruiting me so hard because you keep them high in consideration. I’ve gotten the best relationship with the Providence staff and Louisville staff because they talk to me the most. I have a good bond with [assistant] coach [Kevin] Keatts and coach Pitino from Louisville and [assistant] coach [Bob] Simon and coach Cooley from Providence.”

Providence is also a school that fits exactly what Lindsey wants in a program. The Christ Presbyterian Academy (TN) junior is looking at several things when considering his future college and academics is something that’s clearly important to him.

“Academics is one of the biggest things for me because you never know when basketball will stop; I definitely want to get my degree,” Lindsey said. “I’m also looking at the facilities, the way the players and the coaches have relationships and if I can go talk to the coaches and if it’s like a family.

“Right now, I would say Providence fits that description the best since they’re recruiting him the hardest. They’ve been communicating to me a lot so I’d definitely say Providence fits in that description,” said his father.

PC could be in it to the end with Lindsey. Ed Cooley and his staff have already been to see Christ Presbyterian Academy play several times this season and will look to outwork other programs as long as Lindsey still has the Friars on his list.

He is a high character kid coming from a high quality program who is looking for a great fit educationally in addition to the basketball considerations. He also wants to go to a place where he would be part of a family. These are all qualities that the PC staff feels are major selling points for the Friar program, so the fit would seem very natural.

Lindsey would look great out on the wing for the Friars as they head into their second season in the New Big East in a couple of years. And don’t forget that Ed Cooley and PC are also recruiting Braxton Blackwell from the CPA Lions. But that is an article for another time.

Mixtape Time:
Here are some great mixtape videos from Youtube:

And finally here is a Full Game video of Jalen and Christ Presbyterian Academy going against Spring Hill courtesy of PlayonNetwork.

15 Comments

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    What terrific information! I really appreciate the analysis AND videos being in the same piece. Great work! I think the Friars are in it to the end, especially if character counts. Go Friars!

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