Lindsey wins state title, talks recruiting

Jalen Lindsey, who led his high school team to a state title last weekend, recently broke down the improvements in his game and discussed the latest in his recruitment.

Jalen Lindsey's junior season came to an end this past weekend with a second consecutive Tennessee Class AA State Championship.

"It was awesome," the Nashville (Tenn.) CPA standout said. "We have gone through a lot this year with pressure of winning it again and a lot of people not wanting us to win."

"For us to come out and execute as mostly all juniors and no seniors was fun and exciting," Lindsey, who scored nine points and added seven rebounds, added.

A five-star recruit, Lindsey said he made improvements over the past season.

"I think I did well," Lindsey said. "I made a lot of progression this year. From me being not so aggressive to me being more aggressive and me being a leader with out any seniors."

"I'm being more aggressive with ball handling and shooting a lot," he said. "I'm more consistent and hitting a lot more jump shots. I think it was a really good year, but I still have a lot of work and stuff I need to continue to work on."

Although the recruiting process hasn't been at the top of Lindsey's mind lately, he said things are going well in that department.

"It's kind of slowed down a little bit due to people trying to get their 2013 players," Lindsey said. "It's going well. Recently I've talked to Duke. I've talked to coach [Nate] James from Duke. That was pretty cool. Coach [John] Calipari was at the state tournament watching. It's going really well."

Lindsey said he currently has scholarship offers from Florida, Louisville, Ohio State, Providence, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky are also showing interest.

During the season, Lindsey visited just one school – Louisville.

"It was really good," he said about the trip. "It was fun. I think that might have been my second or third time being down there."

"It's always fun being in Kentucky it's a really good basketball state," Lindsey said. "A lot of people down there support their team. It was good getting to meet all those people and getting to talk to coach [Rick] Pitino for a while. It was good."

Now that his high school season is over, Lindsey is looking to take some visits.

"I have no idea when or what schools I'm going to go to but me and my dad are definitely going to start looking to see who we want to take these official and unofficial visits to."

"I definitely want to visit Florida, UK, UNC and Ohio State," Lindsey added.

John Calipari was at CPA's semi-final win last week. Lindsey said he's been keeping in touch with one of Kentucky's assistant coaches.

"Me and coach Orlando [Antigua] talk every now and then," Lindsey said. "He texts me to see how I'm doing and tells me they are thinking about me and things like that. It's good to hear from them too."

Lindsey doesn't currently have a timeframe for deciding on his college destination.

"I haven't really thought about it yet," he said.

Lindsey is currently ranked No. 25 overall No. 7 at the small forward position in the 2014 recruiting class.


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