Scott Lindsey potential sleeper for NU

The Fenwick (Ill.) shooting guard talks about his Northwestern interest and the Chris Collins pitch in this Purple Wildcats Insider update.

After his junior year of high school, Scott Lindsey left the court unsatisfied. The 2014 shooting guard from Fenwick HS (Ill.) said his overall performance was "decent but not great," and that the AAU season provided another opportunity for him to prove his worth.

The Northwestern coaching staff recognizes his talent, and they're watching his recent progress. Local basketball expert Scott Burgess said Lindsey has seen his "stock rise" and ranked him the top 2014 shooting guard in Chicago.

"I have to give a lot of credit to my AAU coaches," Lindsey said. "They've been looking out for me. I've been going out there playing hard and giving the team my best."

When Lindsey visited campus last month, he had the opportunity to speak with Chris Collins about his vision for the program. That stood out most, and Lindsey provided an interesting tidbit: "He doesn't believe in redshirting."

One thing prospects are consistently impressed by is Collins' insistence on playing up-tempo basketball. He wants to sign scorers and athletes who can speed up the pace against Big Ten opponents.

"He talked to me about how he was going to play the guys," Lindsey said. "He just explained how he coaches, and I really like that."

Coming from Fenwick–a school that stresses the importance of academics-Lindsey values the reputation at NU. He thinks it would be an excellent fit. To earn an offer, though, the under-recruited wingman will need to showcase his growing skillset. Lindsey noted that he can create matchup difficulties for opponents.

"I can guard the opposing team's best player," he said. "It helps on offense that I can shoot very well, in that I keep the defense off balance."

Lindsey currently holds offers from Indiana State and Hampton. He's been hearing from Vanderbilt, Indiana, Purdue, UC Davis, Bradley and Loyola.

This NU coaching staff is up on his game, though. Collins will likely see him play this summer, and if Lindsey succeeds, he might be a sleeper pick to join the 2014 group.

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