Iowa Offers Lindsey

Scott Lindsey landed his first high-major offer on Saturday when he visited Iowa. The Chicago guard talked about the opportunity and what's next for him in the recruiting process in this premium story.

Scott Lindsey picked up his first high-major offer on Saturday when he visited Iowa. Turned out, it was only a formality.

For all intents and purposes, Lindsey already held the Hawkeye opportunity. The Fenwick High (Chicago) and Illinois Old School guard just needed to actually make the 200-mile trip west to Iowa City to seal the deal.

"(Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery) said that he told me over the phone that they were going to offer once I visited, but I didn't catch it," the 6-foot-6, 175-pound Lindsey said. "He said that any time that they're offering an official visit that they're pretty much offering. So, once I got there, he just said it was an official offer. So, that's how that went down."

Lindsey held off on committing to Iowa. He decided to take an official visit to the school at a date to be determined. He has an official set to Nevada (Sept. 13-15) and expects to use one on Vanderbilt as well.

"I just want to compare the schools and see the differences," Lindsey said. "It's also about just going through the process."

Lindsey said that Utah State also is in the mix for an official visit. Other programs are indicating interest in him as well.

"I think that some more schools may come in now," Lindsey said. "That's what my coaches have been telling me. If they come at me and they want me, yeah, I'll be open to them but right now Iowa is on top. They're No. 1."

Iowa impressed Lindsey and his parents on Saturday. Assistant Sherman Dillard showed the family the facilities before taking them to meet with McCaffery.

"He was talking to me about what they expect out of me," Lindsey said. "They expect me to get good grades and to perform on the court like anybody else would. He said that they love my versatility and my ability to shoot. They would love for me to come up there."

Academic Coordinator Troy Wulf also met with the Lindsey family.

"He told us that they were going to be there to help us and support us but they weren't going to babysit us," Scott said. "That's not what they believe in."

The Lindseys watched the Hawkeyes practice in preparation for their European trip, for which they leave on Sunday. Scott liked what he saw from the workout and the visit as a whole.

"The things that stood out, I mean the staff was great," Lindsey said. "The coaches were really nice and they knew what they were talking about. The facilities were awesome. Everything is up to date and it's just great up there.

"Of course, Iowa is in the Big Ten, so that stood out, too. I know that I can fit into their system by the way that they play."

Nevada already has offered a scholarship to Lindsey, has been recruiting for a long time and will get his first official visit. He said that Vanderbilt has told him the same thing that Iowa did - if he visits the Nashville school, it will offer.

"They said they weren't going to bring me down there unless they were going to offer," Lindsey said.

Lindsey said he's pleased with his recruiting process but doesn't want to rush things.

"I'm getting close to dropping some schools out of it," he said. "Then I'm getting ready to take my officials and then making my decision. It probably will come in October or maybe the end of September after my official visits. I want to get it done before my season."

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