Murray Signs, Recruiting on Hold?

Scout's 38th ranked player in the country officially joined the La Salle basketball family today signing a letter of intent according to Explorer head coach Dr. John Giannini in a press release today. However, only one announcement was made. With shooting guard Nurideen Lindsey also committed questions remain whether he will be in a La Salle uniform in the near future.

Overall it was a banner day for La Salle basketball. With the signing of top level center prospect Aaric Murray, the Explorers basketball program continues to procure young talent and position itself to become a major player within the Atlantic 10 conference for the next several years. With Murray firmly committed, his presence within the program will give La Salle a talented post player which is hard to find at the Atlantic 10 level. Murray, who averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds per game last season for the Glen Mills school in suburban Philadelphia, has been called a program changer by several recruiting services and should keep La Salle's frontcourt very formidable regardless if junior Vernon Goodridge receives an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA or not. In a press release today Giannini had this say about his newest addition. "We are thrilled to have Aaric join our program and the La Salle community. Aaric is widely known as a talented basketball player. More importantly, he is an extremely nice, and mature young person who values education and contributing to a team effort". With Murray, freshman forward Devon White, all Atlantic 10 rookie selection last year Jerrell Williams, and prop 48 freshman Karon Burton, the La Salle basketball family has much to look forward to according to Giannini. "Aaric is the centerpiece of a talented nucleus of young players that La Salle fans can be excited about for upcoming years".

Nurideen Lindsey committed to La Salle over a year ago but did not sign an LOI today. Rumors are circulating that Lindsey has much work still to do in the classroom and his future as an Explorer may be in doubt. The 6"2 scorer was supposed to attend South Kent prep school this year which is among the most highly regarded prep school in the country. Lindsey was there for a short while and then tried to attend Apex Academy in New Jersey before reportedly settling on attending John Bartram High School in Philadelphia. The constant movement by Lindsey appears troublesome and with just one scholarship available next year at the moment La Salle needs to be careful with it. Desperate for guard scoring and shooting once the junior class departs the La Salle staff may be looking elsewhere with that potential scholarship. So it appears that recruiting is now on hold while the staff evaluates the Lindsey situation and is reluctant to give out that final scholarship until that situation works itself out. Regardless of what happens don't expect La Salle to do anything until the spring with Lindsey or looking elsewhere to find another guard. A lot can happen in 5 to 6 months.

La Salle fans should be ecstatic over the Murray signing but understandably frustrated by the Lindsey situation. One terrific talent in the fold and another so close yet far away from suiting up next year it appears. One thing is for sure, the Explorer coaching staff will continue to work toward landing more young talent in the spring. It is just a matter of who will they land.

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