Lindsey commits to Providence

Jalen Lindsey pledge to the school that has been recruiting him the hardest -- Providence -- late Monday evening.

Providence has been tracking Jalen Lindsey, a native of Nasvhille (Tenn.), for two years. Late Monday evening that paid off, as Lindsey committed to Ed Cooley and his staff.

"I thought of all the schools recruiting me that they were definitely recruiting me the hardest," Lindsey told "I felt like some of the schools recruiting me were sleeping on me. I know they were showing the most love since day one."

"I know coach Cooley will give me a great chance to go to the NBA," Lindsey added. "I trust him as a coach and I like the whole staff. I have family that lives there too."

Lindsey, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect that is transferring to Huntington (W.V.) Prep for his senior season, also considered interest from Tennessee, West Virginia, SMU, Louisville, Florida and others.

"I think Coach Cooley is a great person," Lindsey said. "He's a coach that I would love to play for. He's that kind of person. I think the whole staff is all great people. Their families are great. I think that's what sets them apart. They were recruiting me really hard."

What was Cooley's reaction when Lindsey told him he was ready to commit?

"He was really happy," Cooley said. "He's recruiting a bunch of guys and he's hoping that with me committed he can get some of those guys too. He was really excited."

During his recruitment, Lindsey took both an official and unofficial visit to Providence.

"I thought it was really nice," he said of Providence. "It's a really nice campus. The guys are great. They have great facilities. They are also building new stuff for the basketball program."

Lindsey, a four-star recruit, is Providence's first verbal pledge in the 2014 recruiting class.

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