PHILADELPHIA – After spending the first three years of his high school tenure in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., Jalen Lindsey is leaving for his senior year.
The 6-foot-7 class of 2014 small forward made the decision several weeks ago to transfer from Christ Presbyterian Academy to Huntington Prep (WV).
"It was a decision I felt like I had to make," Lindsey said of the move while at the Reebok Breakout Classic. "I felt like the only way I wanted to get better and get ready for college was to go to a prep school.
"And I brought Josh [Perkins] along with me and we're going after other players, I'm not sure who, but I know they're going after other players so I think we'll be pretty good."
The Vanderbilt coaching staff is hoping that Lindsey's move out of Nashville will be temporary, as the Commodores are one of many schools pursuing him.
Lindsey listed scholarship offers from Ohio State, Florida, Louisville, Providence, LSU, Memphis, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. He noted that there are quite a few more that have offered him as well.
Kentucky and UCLA are two schools involved in his recruitment that Lindsey said he has not received an offer from.
Lindsey claims no favorites at this point in time, but did say that Providence is coming at him the hardest and explained why.
"Because they've contacted me the most," Lindsey said, "show the most love, stuff like that."
Providence is also the only school that Lindsey has taken an official visit to. However, he has unofficially visited Louisville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Memphis.
Lindsey went on to talk about what he is looking for in a college.
"Definitely education, education is a big part of my life," Lindsey began. "You never know when basketball is not going to work out. And then how the coaches treat the players, like a family-type relationship and coach that's going to get me prepared for the NBA, to get to my dream."
The four-star prospect noted that style of play is not a big deal to him when it comes to picking a school.
"Not really," Lindsey said. "I can adjust to any kind of structure."
Lindsey also noted that location is "not really" much of a factor. He said the same thing about whether there is an appeal to him to being in Nashville for college and going to Vanderbilt.
On that topic, Lindsey also added, "It's not really something I think about, it's not negative or positive."
Lindsey said that his aforementioned visit to Vanderbilt was "a long time ago, probably last year."
Asked if he remembers the Vanderbilt campus, Lindsey replied, "Sort of. I've been there a few times, we've played there, I've been to a few games, stuff like that. It's nice."
The Volunteer State native went on to provide his thoughts on the Vanderbilt program.
"It's good, they've had some pretty good players come through there," Lindsey said. "I'm good friends with John Jenkins, Kedren Johnson, all those guys. They've had some good players come through there."
Lindsey said that those players are not recruiting him to Vanderbilt and he does not speak with them about the school.
The person from Vanderbilt that he is in contact with is assistant coach David Cason.
"[He is] just telling me he wants me to stay in town and go to school there," Lindsey said of his talks with coach Cason. "Stuff like that."
Lindsey also elaborated a bit on his relationship with coach Cason.
"It's pretty cool," Lindsey said. "We don't really talk that much. We talked a few times but that's really it."
The No. 65 ranked player in the Scout.com Top 100, Lindsey also talked about Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings.
"I think he's a great coach," Lindsey said. "I think he's a good coach and I don't really know a lot about [him]."
As for the type of player that he is, Lindsey said that feels his athleticism is his main strength while ball handling is his primary weakness.
On what it was like to play at the Reebok Breakout Classic, Lindsey remarked, "It's been great. This camp has been great. I've played well, I think I could've played—I can play better. It's been great. I really enjoy it."
Lindsey also shared his goals for the summer.
"Just get better as a player," Lindsey said. "That's definitely one of my biggest, to get ready to go into Huntington [Prep]."
Is Lindsey still interested in Vanderbilt?
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