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August 11, 2013

Iowa on top for 2014 guard

It didn't really register with Scott Lindsey, but the moment he walked through the doors of Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, he had an offer from the University of Iowa.

He figured that out rather quickly after talking with Iowa assistant Sherman Dillard, who had told him earlier on the phone that if he made an unofficial visit to Iowa, he would have an offer.

"I guess Coach Dillard had told me that if I visited that I would get an offer, but it really didn't register with me," Lindsey said. "We were talking and he said you know you have an offer now, so we would like to have you back for an official visit."

Lindsey already held several mid-major offers from schools like Indiana State, Nevada, Drake, Hampton, and Utah State. The first high major offer from a Big Ten school was a special moment of the three star 6-foot-5 guard.

"It means a lot. It shows how hard I have worked in the past year on my game. I've gone from no offers to having several offers, including one from Iowa. It's a dream come true to get a Big Ten offer and have the opportunity to play in a league I have been watching since I was really young."

Lindsey added that Iowa is now his top choice and that he plans to make an official visit this fall. He is also looking at making official visits to Nevada and Vanderbilt, who has said they will be offering if he makes an official visit. He plans on making his college choice before the start of his senior season.

With the formality out of the way, the 2014 guard from Fenwick High School in the Chicago area said he really enjoyed his visit to Iowa City. It started with a tour of Carver-Hawkeye Arena and ended with watching the Iowa team going through a final scrimmage before leaving on Sunday for a trip to Europe.

"We arrived and Coach Dillard took us around the arena. That was great. It's a really huge place," he said. "Then we went to the locker room and they were playing a video of highlights from this past season, which was really cool."

From there, Lindsey and his parents sat down with Head Coach Fran McCaffery for their first in-person visit.

"Coach McCaffery talked about his expectations for me and that he knows I'm a good kid who would take care of business. He said they like my ability to score, shoot, and do a lot of different things on the court. He said he would love to have me as a Hawkeye."

Lindsey also met with an academic advisor for the basketball program before watching practice. He says he thinks he could really fit in well with Iowa's style of play.

"I felt like I could fit into Iowa's style of play. They play up tempo and that's the style of play I enjoy. I think I really excel in the open floor, so I can fit very well into their system. Iowa has some good shooters, but I think I can help them become even better," Lindsey said.


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