2014 Intro: Jalen Lindsey

Jalen Lindsey challenged himself during 2011 summer ball and is better for it. A sophomore out of Nashville (Tenn.) Christ Presbyterian Academy, Lindsey played up with the Tennessee Travelers in the Nike EYBL.

"It got the best out of me because I played 17s and the competition was a lot higher," Lindsey said. "That was real good for me. I think it made me a lot better. I really developed my game playing with those guys."

With the Travelers, Lindsey -- who stands a long 6-7, 205 -- played both inside and on the perimeter. He said he's at his best attacking the basket, but wants to continue to focus on improving his ball handling.

"When I'm playing really well, I drive a lot and I can finish above the rim," Lindsey said. "That really helps. I can pull up for jumpers or take guys down low."

"I'm mostly working on my ball handling and shooting consistency, but mostly ball handling because that's what I really need to improve on," he added."

Lindsey is already racking up interest from college programs and has firm scholarship offers from Memphis, North Carolina State and Alabama. Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Louisville and North Carolina are also showing strong interest.

"It's so preliminary because he's so young," CPA coach Drew Maddux said.

Although Lindsey hasn't taken many visits to date, he's planning to go to Memphis and Alabama soon.

"He's going to Memphis Madness this Friday and he's going to go to an Alabama football game the next weekend," Maddux said.

"Josh Pastner was the first one to offer him last fall," the coach added. "He went to Midnight Madness last year. They've been in two times in the last two weeks."

North Carolina was also recently at CPA, according to Maddux.

"I think there is preliminary interest," he said. "It's been through (UNC assistant coach) Steve Robinson, who we've known for many years since he was at FSU.

"Steve came in to watch a 6 a.m. workout and he really likes Jalen's skillset and upside," Maddux added.

Lindsey said showing up at his school was the first interest UNC had shown in him.

"They came to one of my practices a little while ago," Lindsey said about the Tar Heels. "They came to a shootaround in the morning. That was the first time they've ever [showed interest] in me, that was really cool."

"My coach has been telling me they have been calling every now and then," he added.

Maddux said a number of other schools have called and sent letters. At this point, Maddux and Lindsey's father are handling majority of his recruitment.

"It's still kind of early," Lindsey said. "My dad talks to me a lot about it not going to my head and he's going to keep up with it at least until I get a little older. That helps with him and my coach, so I don't have to worry about it that much."

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