By Marty Farmer
Fenwick's 6-foot-5 shooting guard/swingman Scott Lindsey has verbally committed to play college basketball at Northwestern University. Lindsey is the Wildcats' fourth commitment, along with highly regarded forward Victor Law (St. Rita), forward Gavin Skelly and point guard Bryant McIntosh. First-year head coach Chris Collins, who left Duke to take over the NU job, has already assembled a Top 25-caliber recruiting class.
Lindsey also considered Vanderbilt, Iowa, Indiana State, Drake and Nevada among Division I options, before choosing the Wildcats. The allure of playing Big 10 basketball close to home at an excellent academic institution like NU lined up as the best fit.
"Northwestern is one of the top schools in the nation, and that's definitely important to me, coming from a top school [like Fenwick]," Lindsey said. "I feel like the basketball program is on the rise. Coach Collins is very competitive and you can tell with the recruiting class coming in, he's really trying to change things.
"I'm definitely excited about playing basketball in the Big 10 against the top competition. And my family will be able to see me play."
Lindsey credits his parents, Ellis and Kim Lindsey, along with wonderful teachers at Fenwick like Thomas Draski who have been major sources of support.
He is regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and played AAU basketball with Illinois Old School last summer. Along with center Dan Dwyer and promising sophomore point guard Michael Smith, the silky-smooth swingman leads the Friars into the upcoming season with soaring expectations. The arrival of new head coach Rick Malnati, who replaced longtime coach John Quinn, also has the Fenwick basketball program abuzz. The Friars went 18-9 and won a regional title in the Class 3A playoffs last season.
"We're all excited about the upcoming season," Lindsey said. "We have a chance to be a great team. I think we have an excellent opportunity to win our division in the [Chicago] Catholic League and do well in the state playoffs."
A versatile and athletic player, Lindsey should flourish in Malnati's system, which puts a premium on defense and fundamentals.
"Coach Malnati is very honest with us. He's always trying to make sure we're working hard," Lindsey said. "He and [Fenwick assistant] Coach [Staunton] Peck are both really good coaches and really good guys."