After taking home the Tennessee Division 1 Class AA high school championship, Jalen Lindsey got right to work in order to prepare for spring AAU ball. He scored 21 points in his Christ Presbyterian Academy’s 78-64 win over Mitchell, but he refused to become content and soak in the championship effort. Instead, Jalen trained hard and geared up for a set of grueling months ahead.
His work ethic and perseverance have not gone unnoticed. Although his AAU team, the Georgia Stars, failed to reach the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam, Jalen led his team in points scored and field goal percentage. He certified himself as one of the premier wings in the nation for the class of 2014 and has continued his success after the spring AAU season ended.
Jalen earned a spot at the NBPA Top 100 camp due to his impressive performances in the EYBL circuit. He came into camp ranked by national scouting services anywhere from 18-27 in the country for the 2014 class. He more than stood his ground against the other elite athletes and was voted on by the players at the camp to the All-Camp Team. He benefited from the structured environment and left his mark amongst the current and former NBA players at the event.
“I really liked the experience at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. I don’t get very many chances to have former NBA players find weaknesses in my game and tell me what I need to work on,” Jalen explained. “The camp was almost even better off the court from a learning perspective of breaking down film, getting to know guys who had successful NBA careers, and hanging with teammates.”
With an improving offensive skillset, a lengthy frame, and big time athleticism, Jalen has no shortage of schools asking for his commitment. Alabama, Providence, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and Florida all have inquired about the 6’7 wing. Jalen claims no time-table for his decision and plans on waiting at least another year before really figuring out his recruiting process. For now, he wants to keep expanding his game and
“I’m still definitely wide open with the recruiting process. I want to see what schools start picking up interest after July,” Jalen said. “I just want to go out in July and let my play speak for me. Hopefully I start getting interest from a few more places, but I’m very happy with the list of schools already recruiting me. “