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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
No. 14 junior narrows college focus

By Dave Telep

One of the nation’s top juniors, ESPN 60 small forward Jalen Lindsey (Franklin, Tenn./Christ Presbyterian Academy), narrowed his collegiate focus over the weekend.

Lindsey, ranked No. 14 overall in the 2014 class, released a list of nine schools he’s most interested in at this point.

Florida, Louisville, Providence, Tennessee, NC State, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Auburn and Mississippi State have all offered and comprise the nine teams he’s most interested in. North Carolina, Kentucky and LSU, without offering, remain in touch with the 6-foot-6 junior. Lindsey will keep all options on the table but felt it was time to remove programs he would not consider long term.

“Knowing that this is his junior year and you can take the visits in January now ... he might be looking into committing in the early fall,” said Walter Lindsey, Jalen’s father. “The more we talked about it, based on who’s calling, we wanted to dwindle it down so we’re not wasting people’s time. The true cutting down for him will probably come at the end of the school year.”

The 21-point-per-game scorer, according to his father, has seen one head coach outwork the rest.

“Ed Cooley from Providence,” Walter said. “No one has recruited him harder than Providence. I’m from that area. When they saw him play last summer they fell in love with him and they didn’t know I’m from Providence. Cooley has a master plan that he thinks Jalen will fit in nicely.”

Lindsey has been to Louisville, Providence, Tennessee and Vanderbilt unofficially. Florida is likely to get the next visit, and it may be Lindsey’s first official trip.