Providence Lands 2014 SF Jalen Lindsey; What Type of Impact Will He Provide Friars?

Mark L. Baer-USA Today Sports

In two seasons under head coach Ed Cooley, the Providence Friars have yet to qualify for an NCAA Tournament. That however, will soon change and what Cooley has done with the Friars in just 2+ years is simply remarkable.

Although Friars’ fans never got the opportunity to see highly-touted freshman Ricky Ledo played in a Providence uniform, another five star prospect will be coming to town soon enough. On Monday night, the Friars and Cooley landed the commitment of 2014 small forward, Jalen Lindsey — the biggest name to commit to Providence outside of Ledo since Cooley has taken over.

Yes, the expectations and hype are on the rise at Providence and rightfully so.

Lindsey, who stands at 6-foot-7, has long been considered one of the top targets for Providence from the class of 2014 and his decision to pledge his verbal commitment to the Friars surely doesn’t come as all that much of a shock. Lindsey, who currently attends Huntington Prep (WV), now gets to turn his focus to making improvements and getting ready for the collegiate ranks with his commitment now out of the way.

Lindsey is ranked as the 32nd best prospect within the class of 2014, so his talent level and potential speaks for itself. This is an immediate impact talent and although Providence is still a full season away from having Lindsey on campus, the flexibility in Cooley’s lineups could very well make the Friars a dangerous Big East Conference threat in the coming years.

 

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