PC Player Prospect: Jalen Lindsey

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Under second year head coach Ed Cooley, Providence has made a concerted effort to recruit elite players from all around the nation. One such player is class of 2014 stud Jalen Lindsey of Christ Presbyterian Academy (TN).

In fact, the 6-foot-7 small forward said while at 11th Grade AAU Nationals that PC is the school coming at him the hardest.

"They try to communicate with me and my parents a lot, most of the time," Lindsey said of what makes Providence the school recruiting him the hardest. "They text me, see how I'm doing a lot. They text my parents, see how they're doing a lot. They treat us like a family, so they're definitely recruiting the hardest right now."

Asked if that makes the Friars stick out in his mind at all, Lindsey replied, "A little bit, just a little bit."

Lindsey said he is being recruited to PC by head coach Ed Cooley and assistant coach Bob Simon. He spoke about his relationship with coach Cooley.

"It's a pretty good relationship," Lindsey said. "I've bonded [with] him real good. I went down there for a visit and he was a very good man and I respect him a lot."

The Georgia Stars AAU standout said that his trip to the Big East school came before July and he spoke about the visit.

"It was fun, it was good going down there," Lindsey said. "That was the first time I've been . . . on an out of state visit, so it was fun going down there and visiting. It was great people, great facilities, great guys, so it was fun."

The PC visit was not the first time that Lindsey has been to New England, though.

"I have when I was younger," Lindsey said, "I have family up there."

Lindsey spoke about whether there is an appeal to getting away from home and seeing something for college.

"It wasn't really a factor, no," Lindsey said, "but it was fun though, so I won't lie."

The five-star prospect also provided his thoughts on Providence's style of play.

"I think they have great players and I think they always have great players," Lindsey began. "I think coach Cooley is doing a great job with them and I think their style of play is a good style of play and I think it's a fun style of play."

In addition to Providence, Lindsey mentioned North Carolina State, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia as some of the schools that have offered. He mentioned that Kentucky and North Carolina are showing interest in him too.

Lindsey, who said he has no favorites, discussed what he is looking for in his future college program.

"Definitely academics," Lindsey said, "the family-type atmosphere in the team and the coaches and definitely the facilities too."

As for what style of play he would like, Lindsey commented, "Sort of a fast paced type of [offense]. Just go, get it and go, type of offense. Definitely that kind of offense."

Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Memphis, and Louisville are the other schools that Lindsey has visited.

"Yeah, during August," Lindsey said of whether he has any trips planned. "I don't know what time during August though."

He also noted that he is unsure of exactly which institutions he would like to check out.

"I'm not sure yet," Lindsey said, "me and my dad are still gonna talk about it, but sometime during August."

Lindsey also remains undecided on when he would like to make his college selection.

"I'm not sure when I'm trying to commit," Lindsey said, "I haven't even really thought about it."

With half his high school career complete, Lindsey talked about his goals the rest of the way.

"Definitely to win these next two state championships my next two years because we just won it last year," Lindsey said. "And then, get better as a player. I wanna get better as a player."

Lindsey added that his CPA team won 30+ games last year and had just two losses. He was unsure of what he averaged as a sophomore.

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