NU commit Scottie Lindsey back in action

Northwestern commit Scottie Lindsey talks about his return and NU's recent surge.

As Northwestern found its stride, so too did Scott Lindsey.

The Wildcats commit and Fenwick HS (Ill.) shooting guard returned to action on Friday, four months after breaking two bones in his left leg.

"It feels good," he said. "I think I'm getting better with every day. I'm a little rusty out there, but I'm feeling better."

Lindsey hopes to improve his conditioning, saying he's "almost there." And through this process, the 6-6 shooting guard only built his relationships with the NU coaching staff.

"They told me to take my time, make sure I build back up and do what my doctors told me," Lindsey said. "They checked on me every week."

Lindsey was also on hand for several games, including the upset win against Illinois. And less than one week later, the Wildcats stunned Indiana on the road—giving the program surprise attention.

"For them to beat a rival like Illinois, for us to come in and defend our home court, I think that was a signature win for Coach Collins," Lindsey said. "That's huge for the program. We're not used to wins like that."

Part of what Lindsey noticed was the shift in tempo. Once content to run with his personnel, Collins slowed games down and gave his team a chance to win with hard-nosed style.

"The most important thing is that their defense has been great," he said. "They've been focusing again on defense. We've got to make open shots, and I think we're going to start shooting better, but I think we're a great defensive team."

There's a great deal of optimism for next season. Collins brings in his five-man recruiting class while returning improved players including Sanjay Lumpkin, Tre Demps and Alex Olah.

Lindsey spoke about a shift, though, in how they approach games. With incoming athletes like top-100 recruit Vic Law and speedy point guard Johnnie Vassar, Lindsey thinks his class can help speed the game up, challenging opponents with athleticism.

"In the future, I'll be one of his wings, and I think with the recruiting class coming in, we'll be able to play faster and be able to push it up the floor," he said.

Once a quiet, fringy local prospect, Lindsey earned respect from analysts and coaches after an incredible summer. He's a gamer, ready to play, and ready to overcome the latest obstacle in his career.

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