Posted On: 01/24/20 6:53 AM
It’s no secret that shooting is at a premium in today’s game. The way that Stephen Curry revolutionized the game to become centered around shooting three’s looks to be the direction for at least the near future. Regardless of position, having threats from deep create space on the floor for others to operate in one-on-one or pick-and-roll situations with the room needed to make things happen.
For Poly, 2022 guard Bryce Lindsay is the sharpshooter that demands the entire defense’s attention. The Engineers have a stacked roster filled with player who can consistently break their match up down off the dribble and get to the rim, so having Lindsey’s presence on the perimeter is critical.
He doesn’t just make his defender guard him at the three-point line. Lindsay has the range to extend 5-to-10 feet beyond the arc and make shots consistently. His shooting is a big reason why Poly is the well-oiled machine they are offensively.
As a freshman, Lindsey had to find his way on another loaded Poly roster that won their third-straight Class 3A title. Fast forward to now and the 6-foot-1 guard is in the starting lineup and playing major minutes.
“Last year I had a smaller role on the team, but I still had to come in and produce when I went into the games,” Lindsey said. “More is expected of me this year. I’m expected to do a little bit of everything and be a better leader.”
Sharing the backcourt with 2020 point guard Rahim Ali can make life easy especially if you’re a shooter. Ali’s awareness even when he is penetrating the lane is better than most point guards you’ll find. It’s still up to Lindsay to find openings around the arc and make defenses pay when he’s left open even if it’s only for a split second.
It’d be fair to label Lindsey just as a shooter if you haven’t seen him this season. Once you do, you’ll realize the underrated parts of his game such as passing and IQ. He’s aware that defenses are assigned to sprint at him whenever he catches. Lindsay is smart enough to use that to his advantage by putting the ball on the floor, forcing a defensive rotation and locating the next open teammate.
Lindsay told Prep Hoops that defense is an area of his game that he wants to improve on as well as his strength and physicality. When guarding his position, Lindsay isn’t a liability on the defensive end. He’s effective at staying solid and keeping his man in front of him.
Lindsay already has the most prized skill in today’s game down. Anything more that he adds only will up his value as college programs start looking his way.