Basketball Blog: Talented Lindsey transfers to Rider from St. John’s

Sophomore Nurideen Lindsey has transferred to Rider from St. John's to be closer to home and his sick mother.

By Corey Donetz

Former St. John’s guard Nurideen Lindsey has decided to transfer to Rider and join the men’s basketball team. As Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Network originally reported, Lindsey will begin classes at Rider on Monday to start the semester.

Known for his slashing ability, Lindsey will provide an instant spark for the Broncs when he is announced eligible. He grew up in Philadelphia, and hopes to receive a hardship waiver from the NCAA as he’ll now be located closer to his ailing mother. If the waiver is granted, Lindsey will be instantly eligible to play for the Broncs next season. If the waiver is not approved, he will have to sit out a full year and would not be eligible until the Spring 2013 semester.

Lindsey left St. John’s in early December and was initially thought to be headed to Arkansas until reports surfaced that Lindsey will be a part of the Rider’s men’s basketball team.

The 6’3” guard averaged 11.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game. He was third on he team in scoring and led the team in assists through the nine games he played for the Johnnies this season. He will have at least two years of eligibility following the 2011-2012 season and appears to be a huge part of the Broncs’ future.

Lindsey was a star in high school playing at Overbrook High in Philadelphia. He threatened some of NBA superstar Wilt Chamberlain’s records, who also attended Overbrook. Lindsey didn’t play organized basketball for two years after leaving Overbrook, until eventually playing at Redlands Community College. He flourished at Redlands, averaging 22.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in the 2010-11 season before choosing to transfer to St. John’s.

There is no timetable for when a decision will be made pertaining to Lindsey’s waiver appeal, but the sooner the better for the Broncs. Iona guard LaMont “MoMo” Jones, who transferred to Iona from Arizona, received the same waiver that Lindsey is hoping to be given. Perhaps the decision made for Jones will benefit Lindsey.

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