U of L leaves "major impression" on Lindsey

Jalen Lindsey

Nashville, Tenn., Christ Presbyterian Academy junior wing Jalen Lindsey made his second unofficial visit of the month to the University of Louisville on Saturday. Lindsey's father, Walter, said the family has come away impressed with the Cardinals' program. Cardinal Authority has the latest on his recruitment.

Jalen Lindsey is getting familiar with the city of Louisville.

The five-star college basketball prospect from Nashville, Tenn., Christ Presbyterian Academy made his second unofficial visit in a month – and third overall – to the University of Louisville on Saturday.

Lindsey and his parents were in the KFC Yum Center for the Cardinals' 70-68 loss to Syracuse. He's also been to Louisville two years in a row for the John Lucas Camp and as a sophomore and junior has been the MVP of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic at Fairdale, which CPA won both years.

"We look at it like for some reason he's done well in the state of Kentucky when he's played there," his father, Walter, told Cardinal Authority on Sunday. "He's becoming familiar with everything up there and has had success.

"He's played well there in camps and at the King of the Bluegrass and two of his best games have come with (U of L) coach (Rick) Pitino watching."

The 6-foot-6 Lindsey, who is ranked as the No. 22 player in the Class of 2014 rankings by Scout.com, holds an offer from U of L and 16 other schools. His father said the family has made multiple visits to several schools.

"But Louisville has really left a major impression on Jalen and on us," the father said. "We really like what they are doing and coach Pitino is such a class person. It's really been nice to get to know more about (U of L)."

Walter Lindsey is originally from the Providence-area and played for a year at Rhode Island College. Sandra Lindsey, the prospects mother, played at Houston and her cousin is Syracuse senior Brandon Triche.

So, the family had multiple reasons to visit on Saturday. Lindsey and his father were also in the Yum Center for the Jan. 2 win over Providence.

"It was great because my wife wanted to see a game there," Walter Lindsey said. "She really doesn't do a lot of travel with the basketball stuff, she leaves that up to me. But she wanted to make the trip and it was exciting.

"The atmosphere was just awesome. It was great before, it was the same night as the Sugar Bowl and it was still a great atmosphere. We really like it up there and we love the style that Louisville plays and the way they use their wings."

Lindsey has also already been to Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Providence and also has offers from Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Missouri. He's also heard from Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

The elder Lindsey said the original plan was to narrow his list at the end of the summer circuit and perhaps make a decision in early fall. He said, "we call it Team Lindsey" with the father, son and high school coach, Drew Maddux, "and we are in tune with everything (in the recruiting process)."

"We've taken a lot of the recruiting away from Jalen and are letting him focus on school," the elder Lindsey said. "We know he can take official visits and we haven't totally talked yet, but we might (narrow the list) sooner.

"I wouldn't say the list is large. I would say there's a top eight."

Lindsey said with Louisville the relationship with assistant coach Kevin Keatts and coach Pitino along with academics. He said the family is also familiar with Pitino because former Kentucky standout Ron Mercer, who played for Pitino and is still close to the coach, works out Lindsey and is a mentor.

"We love the way the academic structure and player development is all intertwined at Louisville," the elder Lindsey said. "They really do a nice job of that and we've been very impressed."

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