Philadelphia standout point guard prospect Nurideen Lindsey (above).

Lindsey, the former Philly prep star now at Redlands CC in Oklahoma, accepted a scholarship offer from the Red Storm Tuesday. The other finalist for his services was Auburn, though Kentucky, South Florida, Oklahoma State and LSU all were involved too.

“The thing that made St. John’s right for him was the relationship and comfort he has with the coaching staff,” said Redland coach Yaphett King. “They made it clear with their action how much he mattered to them. Every opportunity they could see him, they were there.”

In 2008 the 6-3 Lindsay played at Philadelphia‘s Overbrook High and committed to LaSalle, where current Storm assistant Tony Chiles was on staff at the time. That year he averaged 35.8 points in league play, the sixth highest ever with Chamberlain holding two of the top five spots. Chamberlain also attended Overbrook.

Lindsey, sadly, saw two of his brothers murdered in Philadelphia, which swayed him to leave his hometown for Redlands CC in Oklahoma.  The 6’3 lead guard was one of the best high school scorers in Pennsylvania history, and had originally decided to attend Lasalle.  It was current St. John’s assistant Tony Chiles, then at Lasalle, who was instrumental in signing Lindsey, then and now, successfully re-recruiting one of the nation’s most talented guard prospects to St. John’s. 

St. John’s also secured a commitment from Detroit area small forward and defensive “stopper” Dominick Pointer, who considers himself a lockdown forward.  With the Pointer and Lindsay signings, new St. John’s coach Steve Lavin can boast that the program has gone into 5 high school basketball hotbeds and landed a stud from each: Dwayne Polee Jr (Los Angeles), Maurice Harkless (NYC), D’Angelo Harrison (Houston), Pointer (Detroit), and Lindsay (Phily).  Lavin also received a commitment from Akron, Ohio HS star Jakarr Sampson.

Though we expected St. John’s to make a big splash at point guard, we were thinking more along the lines of a traditional distributor at the lead guard position.  Since St. John’s still has 5 scholarships to give in the 2011 class, we are hoping they can still sign a pass first point.  But for a team that has struggled to score for almost 15 years, it’s refreshing to have 2 respected scorers in the backcourt, as well as Polee, who we think will fill it up in the front court.  As for style of play, we know special advisor Gene Keady always favored a methodical approach, and that he preaches patience and taking care of the ball. 

It should be interesting to see how Lavin and Keady find the right mix of styles to suit the stable of thoroughbreds Lavin has brought in, which is essentially made up of two scoring guards, as Lindsay is a shoot first player, and 4 small forwards.  Expect Lavin to turn his attention to signing at least a few impact big men with the remaining 5 scholarships he has available.

We’re actually more excited about St. John’s than the Knicks right now.  Feels like old times.

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