Jake Lindsey already knew more about Baylor than most recruits before Scott Drew and his staff began zeroing in on him this summer.
His father, Dennis Lindsey, played guard for the Bears from 1987-92 and is now the general manager for the NBA’s Utah Jazz. His mother, Becky, is also a Baylor alumna.
Jake plans to become the next Lindsey to play basketball for Baylor after announcing his verbal commitment Monday.
“My dad went there and I felt it’s a good fit for me,” Jake said. “My dad never pushed me to go to Baylor, but he’s excited about it. It’s great for me because it’s a high level of basketball.”
The 6-5 Lindsey is heading into his senior year at Olympus High School in Holladay, Utah, after averaging 18.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists as a junior last season. Lindsey has a solid outside shot, but enjoys distributing the ball as a point guard.
“I’m a big point guard and I’m at my best when I can create for myself and others,” Lindsey said. “When my team needs me to score, I can be a threat. But I try to use my size and IQ to pass and get the ball where it needs to be.”
Lindsey said he chose Baylor over Utah, Saint Mary’s and Harvard, and was also drawing interest from North Carolina State. He gained more attention this summer after performing well at high level basketball camps like the LeBron James Skills Academy.
“I went to bigger camps and faced great competition, and Coach Drew saw me play,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey is the third commitment for Baylor in the 2015 class as he joins Dallas Triple A Academy guard King McClure and Neosho County Community College center Joseph Acuil.