After committing to Arkansas last week, St. John's transfer Nurideen Lindsey changed his mind and decided to transfer to Rider University, according to a tweet by Jon Rothstein.
Lindsey's tweet from last Friday read, "I decided to further my basketball and college career at the University Of Arkansas." But multiple sources have confirmed that he will enroll at Rider on Monday, January 23.
A native of Philadelphia, Lindsey will get to play close to home in Lawrenceville, NJ, just a few minutes from the border with Pennsylvania.
The highly touted recruit played his freshman season at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma.
This season, he averaged 11.8 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game in nine games with the Red Storm. That included a near triple-double against UMBC (15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists).
With a waiver from the NCAA, he will be eligible for two full years with the Broncs.
The addition of Lindsey could be a lifesaver for Rider coach Tommy Dempsey, who might end up on the hot seat due to Rider's mediocre 6-13 record. The Broncs, who are set to return three starters, could once again compete for the MAAC crown with Lindsey at the point.
Junior Jonathon Thompson has been a solid replacement for Justin Robinson as the point guard, with 4.6 assists per game. But at 6'4" and with his three-point shooting ability, he could be much more valuable as a shooting guard, and could back up Lindsey as the second-string point guard.
If Lindsey gets that waiver, Rider basketball could once again be a dominant program in the MAAC next season.
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