Duo making headlines
HUNTINGTON — A pair of boys basketball players who will be joining the Huntington Prep team for the 2013-14 season are making headlines nationally and internationally for their performances this summer.
Point guard Josh Perkins and small forward Jalen Lindsey have both said they are coming to play for the Huntington Prep Express next season and with them, they bring a big-time game and a big-time list of schools wanting to host them in college.
Perkins, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Denver, Colo., is ranked as the No. 24 player in the Class of 2014 by ESPN and has turned up his value this summer, starting with the Pangos All-American Camp when he went toe-to-toe with Emmanuel Mudiay — one of the top prospects in the Class of 2014.
Last week, Perkins’ stock continued to ascend as he was named as the best passer in the NBPA Top 100 camp, a prestigious event put on by former NBA coach John Lucas featuring the nation’s best players.
Perkins’ offer sheet is long, with scholarship offers from nearly 20 schools including Kansas, Gonzaga, UConn, UCLA and USC. There is also mutual high interest from Kentucky and Syracuse, but offers have not been made.
While Perkins has been tearing up the national scene over the past few weeks, Lindsey has also been making national and even international headlines.
Lindsey, a 6-7 forward from Franklin, Tenn., is ranked No. 32 in ESPN’s Top 100 for the Class of 2014, and played well at the Pangos All-American Camp, scoring 28 points in his first two games.
He came to Huntington in May for the signing of Andrew Wiggins, who he will replace at the small forward position for the Express.
Lindsey averaged 19.3 points and 7.9 rebounds last season for Christ Presbyterian, but decided to come to Huntington Prep to elevate his game and take on more of the nation’s top players.
Neither player has set a timetable for college commitment, but they are expected to trim their recruiting lists down prior to their August arrival in Huntington.