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Lindsey taking steps to get ready

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At the 2013 NBPA Top 100 Camp, there aren't a lot of second-time campers. As one of the players who has been through it before, Jalen Lindsey has an idea of what to expect.
So far, the 6-foot-6 four-star wing feels like he's improved upon last summer's performance.
"It's been great," Lindsey told Rivals.com "This is my second year here, and it's continued to get better so I'm excited about it."
Lindsey is a high-level athlete and above-the-rim finisher in transition. He can drain an open jumper when set, and he has the tools to be tough off of the drive. At times, though, he'll settle too much for the jumper or wait for transition opportunities. Driving the ball a little more is something he's working on.
"That's something that I feel like I need to expand more as a player," Lindsey said. "Once I feel like I get that down, and some of the little things, I think I'll be set."
While he's been in the gym working on his game, Lindsey has taken other steps to prepare himself for college. One of those is leaving his Nashville home to transfer to Huntington (W.Va.) Prep for his final year of high school.
"I'm going to Huntington Prep next year for my senior year," he said. "It's a big move for me because I want to play better competition, and Huntington Prep will do that."
By leaving home a year early, Lindsey is making the adjustment to college easier if he decides to stray from home.
"I know either way, wherever I go, I'll be supported by my family," he said. "It's going to be hard leaving a year early basically to go to Huntington and stay down there without my family, but it's something I have to go through."
A school that has been making a lot of noise in Lindsey's recruitment is Providence. Ed Cooley has made Lindsey a primary target, and his persistence has left a mark. Lindsey has family in the area, and he left impressed after an official visit before the start of the NBPA Camp.
"I think that family-type relationship that Coach Cooley brings with the whole program is something that stands out a lot," Lindsey said. "He's a great guy off the court, too, and a great coach also, which is good. I have family down there in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, too, which is good."
In addition to Providence, Lindsey said Florida, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee have been the most active in his recruitment. He doesn't have a timetable set up, but it's likely that he'll make his choice before the start of his senior season.
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