Scott Lindsey entered the spring AAU season considered by many scouts to be, at best, a mid-major player. It didn't sit well with him and he worked to change it.
The Chicago guard could be on the brink of picking up his first high-major scholarship offer. It might come on August 10 when he visits Iowa.
"I'm pretty sure I'll get an offer on the visit," Lindsey said. "(Iowa's coaches) talked to my AAU (Illinois Old School) coaches about it and they are pretty sure that they're going to offer."
The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Fenwick High product reports scholarship offers from Indiana State, Utah State, Nevada, Bradley, Northern Illinois, Marist, IUPUI, Hampton, Wofford, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Drake and Albany. He said he also is hearing from Vanderbilt, Oregon State, Northwestern (he's visited), Florida International, Valparaiso and Ohio.
Lindsey only held three offers - Indiana State, Hampton and IUPUI - heading into the July evaluation period. He caught the attention of college coaches with his strong play in the spring and sold them on his ability in the summer.
"A lot of people were telling me that they thought I could only be a low-major," Lindsey said. "They said I should take over games more and that I would disappear. I definitely showed them that I can play.
"I can handle the ball really well. I assume that everybody already knew that I could shoot. They wanted to see me score more. I showed my scoring ability; my athletic ability and just being able to take over games. And it wasn't just scoring. I showed I can play defense and get others involved."
Lindsey said he played point guard before a growth spurt early in his high school career pushed him to the wing.
"I still retain my point guard skills so I think I can play the 1-3," he said. "I think I can defend all three positions as well."
"I talked to (McCaffery) and Coach (Sherman) Dillard," Lindsey said. "They're saying that they really, really like me. They need a two that's athletic and can score. They really think that I'm a perfect fit. They said that they're excited for me to come down for the visit."
Several high-major schools have talked with Lindsey about offering him a scholarship but the Hawkeyes might be the first ones to pull the trigger.
"It definitely would mean a ton because they're in the Big Ten and that has been a dream of mine since I was young," he said. "It would be just a huge step forward for me because I want to prove to people that I'm not just a mid-major. I'm a high-major player."
Lindsey did not feel like an Iowa offer would lead to an immediate pledge from him.
"I came into the July period thinking that I would probably commit in August," he said. "With more attention I'm getting, I will probably push it back into the fall."
Lindsey is looking to major in broadcasting or mass communications. He said he is OK with going to a school a long distance from Chicago but his parents would like him to stay close to home, such as at Iowa.
"I know (the Iowa coaches) were at my games a lot," Lindsey said. "They had a great season at Iowa last year. They didn't make it to the (NCAA) tournament but they won a lot of games and made a run in the NIT.
"From what I can hear on the phone, they're really nice guys. I can tell that they're serious about me and they're not joking around and wasting my time. They know what they need and they know what they want. I like that in coaches."