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What to expect from Scottie Lindsey

Where will the freshman shooter fit in Northwestern's rotation?

Height: 6-5
Weight: 175
Position: G/F
Year:
Freshman
Star rating: 3
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Who is he?

Lindsey is from the Chicagoland suburbs, coming out of Fenwick High School in Oak Park. Depending on the source, he is either a shooting guard or small forward, so it's likely he played a fair amount of both during high school.

Across multiple recruiting websites, Lindsey was considered a top-20 player from Illinois for his class, which is pretty good considering how much top talent (think Cliff Alexander and Jahlil Okafor) the state produced this year.

Lindsey was also around a top-60 shooting guard/small forward. But, remember that he's probably the fourth- or fifth-best Class of 2018 recruit that NU brought in. For a program on the rise, that constitutes a solid class.

What are his expectations heading into the year?

It seems more reasonable that Chris Collins will use him more as a shooting guard this year, as fellow recruit Vic Law is more of the prototypical 3. Gavin Skelly, another freshman, looks to be a power forward while Johnnie Vassar is a point guard. That leaves Bryant McIntosh and Lindsey at the 2.

Playing time will probably be hard to come by for Lindsey, as he and McIntosh will have to fight for the limited backup shooting guard minutes. JerShon Cobb and Tre Demps are the established guys there, and depending on how the starting lineup is set, they'll demand most of the time.

Although very talented, for sure, Lindsey won't have too much of an impact in his rookie year with Northwestern. That's to be expected, considering the coaching staff's strong recruiting effort in addition to upperclassmen that are still around. But with Dave Sobolewski and Cobb entering their senior seasons, the light is on at the end of Scottie's tunnel.

Don't expect a ton from him in the beginning of the season, but if/when the inevitable injury bug strikes during the conference season, Lindsey might be forced into action. However, if not, he'll be one of the first guys off the bench in garbage time to get some run.

As with many non highly-touted freshmen, Scottie Lindsay is a bit of a project, who won't do much for the NU program in the present but is expected to develop well for the future. He isn't going to solve the Cats' seemingly ubiquitous scoring problems now, but maybe he will in his junior or senior seasons.