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You want your breakout star for July? Fenwick’s Scott Lindsey is your guy.
Every young prospect develops differently and at his own pace, and the multi-
faceted 6-5 Lindsey is the perfect example of that.
For all the tools he has been blessed with, including terrific perimeter size and a high skill level, Lindsey has been saddled with the ‘‘inconsistent’’ label during
the course of his high school career. He recognized that and wanted to shed the
In fact, Lindsey said his up-and-down junior season set the tone for his development as a player.
‘‘[Last] high school season, I didn’t play as well as I was capable of playing,’’ Lindsey said. ‘‘Maturing has been a part of the improvement, but not having the season I thought I should have had as a junior really motivated me. I knew I could play much better than I showed.’’
When watching Lindsey this month, it was easy to see it’s all starting to come together. Always capable of making outside shots, Lindsey has diversified his game. He’s more confident and comfortable putting the ball on the floor and getting to the basket.
‘‘When I first saw him, he was a shooter rather than a scorer,’’ first-year Fenwick coach Rick Malnati said. ‘‘Now he’s scoring in a variety of ways. He’s handling the ball better and with more confidence. A lot of this is his maturation from his junior to senior year, but he has a young guy’s body still, and his confidence is still growing.’’
Lindsey isn’t the most celebrated senior-to-be in the state and isn’t playing for a national AAU program, such as the Mac Irvin Fire, Meanstreets or Illinois Wolves. But no player in the senior class in Illinois has made a better impression on college coaches and evaluators and raised his stock more in July than Lindsey. When the post-July player rankings are released, Lindsey will be among the City/Suburban Hoops Report’s top 15 prospects in the Class of 2014.
The attention continues to pour in after Lindsey put together a breakout month with Illinois Old School on the AAU circuit. Hampton, IUPUI, Drake, Nevada, Northern Illinois, Utah State and Albany joined Indiana State as schools that have
offered Lindsey a scholarship. And a slew of other schools, including Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Creighton, Illinois, Iowa, Bradley and Oregon State, have taken
notice in recent weeks.
‘‘I’m enjoying it right now,’’ Lindsey said of the college attention he is getting. ‘‘I really thought I would have a school and decision made in August, sometime after the July period. But now I’m going to have to push back that decision.’’