Jul 152013
 
Jalen Lindsey dunked during the Tennessee state tournament last season. Lindsey is one of the top forwards in the 2014 class. Photo: Mike Strasinger/Associated Press

Jalen Lindsey dunked during the Tennessee state tournament last season. Lindsey is one of the top forwards in the 2014 class.
Photo: Associated Press

Four-star small forward Jalen Lindsey committed to Providence on Monday night.

Lindsey, who had a scholarship offer from Louisville and also drew interest from Kentucky, will play his senior season at Huntington Prep in West Virginia. Huntington Prep Coach Rob Fulford confirmed the commitment to the Herald-Leader.

Scout.com ranks Lindsey as the No. 65 overall prospect in the class of 2014. He’s rated in the top 50 by Rivals and ESPN.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Nashville told the Herald-Leader last month that Louisville, Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, LSU and Mississippi State were the other schools recruiting him the hardest at the time. All of those schools had offered scholarships.

Lindsey had just completed an official visit to Providence, and he said the Friars had made him a priority.

“The family-type relationship that Coach (Ed) Cooley brings with the whole program is something that stands out a lot,” Lindsey said last month. “He’s a great guy off the court too. He’s a great coach.”

Lindsey has family in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, which is about five miles from Providence.

Kentucky had expressed interest in Lindsey, who previously played for Christ Presbyterian Academy (Tenn.) and was mentored by former UK standout Ron Mercer.

UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua visited Lindsey at his school in January, but Lindsey told the Herald-Leader last month that he had never spoken to John Calipari and he didn’t hear from the Wildcats very often.

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