Heels Still Tracking Lindsey

The first two sessions of Nike's EYBL haven't the best for Jalen Lindsey and his Southern Stampede team. Their 2-7 record places them seventh in Division D, with two events remaining before the EYBL Finals in July.

Now, with a roster shake up and renewed focus on winning, Lindsey hopes he and his team can turn things around.

"It's been kind of rough," said Lindsey, Scout.com's No. 25 player in the class of 2014. "I'm playing with a new team and we just haven't been doing well."

During last weekend's break, Duke commitment Grayson Allen left the team and Southern Stampede replaced him with 6-1 guard Lance Tejada. Lindsey believes that will make a difference for him individually, and for the team.

"We're really excited about him and I think things will really be different starting this weekend," Lindsey said. "We can already tell a difference in practice. He can distribute and get guys the ball in spots where they like it. He can handle pressure… that's what we needed."

Lindsey plays exclusively at the "3" for the Stampede. It's where he feels he'll be when he enrolls at the college of his choice in about a year. He identified several areas in his game that hoped to get better at over the summer. There's one part, though, that almost all coaches tell him to keep improving on.

"I've been working on my ball handling a lot," he explained. "I'm able to take guys off the dribble and get fouled or get an ‘and 1.' I've used my athleticism to draw fouls and I've been working on my one-on-one moves. "

After starting his career as a "5," he believes he's made significant progress in becoming a true small forward over the last two years. That's one of the reasons he's set to attend Huntington Prep next season.

"I saw that Huntington will get me better individually and the coaching staff is full of great guys," he said. "I talked to Andrew Wiggins and he told me great things about it. I want to play great competition, play against schools like Oak Hill and other national powers on a regular basis. Playing against good competition will help me get my skill level better and it's something that I felt I really needed to do."

Earlier this year, Lindsey narrowed his college choices to nine schools – Tennessee, N.C. State, Georgia, Auburn, Providence, Florida, Louisville, Ohio state and LSU. However, Lindsey admits that there are a few schools that he is still open to being recruited by.

One of those is North Carolina.

UNC assistant Steve Robinson watched several of Lindsey's games in both Los Angeles and Hampton last month. He also dropped by Lindsey's current school, Nashville (Tenn.) C.B.A.

"We were able to chat for a little bit," Lindsey said. "He told me that they were going to start recruiting me pretty hard now and keep watching me, and that he and Coach (Roy) Williams were going to be at a few games. It was good to hear that they are still pursuing me."

"He kind of told me they needed another athletic forward at my size," Lindsey continued. "That's something I feel I can help out with."

Though he hasn't spoken directly to Roy Williams, Lindsey and his father communicate with Robinson fairly often. A scholarship offer hasn't yet come up in conversation.

"Hopefully I can get the offer soon," he said. "I usually can tell, but their process is a little different and it's hard to get a feel if they're going to or not. He hasn't said if they're going to soon or not at all. I'm kind of just feeling it out and seeing what they do."

If UNC were to offer, it'd have a positive impact on its recruitment of Lindsey.

"I remember in eighth grade I said UNC was my dream school," explained Lindsey. "I still love UNC and I grew up loving it. I have a lot of respect for those guys. I'm not saying it's going to make a huge difference, but there's definitely something there. I really like UNC. I know Coach Williams is a great coach and a great guy."

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