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2011-12 Updated St. John's Men's Basketball Player Profiles (PDF)
On Lindsey: A formidably-built floor general with outstanding ballhandling, playmaking and scoring skills ... threatened the legendary Wilt Chamberlain's scoring totals as a high school player in Philadelphia ... wears jersey No. 10 as a tribute to his late younger brother, Halim ... tattoos above both eyes pay tribute to two late brothers, Halim and Jilani ... has two years of NCAA Division I eligibility remaining after the 2011-12 season.
Steve Lavin On Lindsey: "Nuri is a unique talent. He possesses an excellent basketball intellect, tremendous point guard skills and an ability to put up big numbers offensively. With regard to intangibles, he is a fierce competitor who brings both experience and maturity to our team."
At Redlands C.C.: A first team All-NJCAA Region II selection and Region II Tournament MVP ... averaged 22.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.5 steals in 2010-11 ... ranked sixth in the NJCAA in scoring ... connected on 57.2 percent of his field goals and 34.8 percent of his 3-pointers ... was a 74.1 percent shooter from the free throw line ... in his Redlands debut, his first organized basketball game in two seasons, he scored 48 points with 10 assists and five rebounds against Ft. Scott C.C. (Kansas) ... helped the Cougars post a 20-14 record and win the NCJAA Region II Tournament title ... sat out 2009-10 season to focus on academics ... graduated with an associate's degree ... coach at Redlands was Yaphett King.
At Overbrook: Finished a three-year prep career with 1,315 points ... averaged 35.8 points per game in 2007-08, the sixth-highest scoring clip in city high school history ... Wilt Chamberlain, who also attended Overbrook as a high school player, holds two of the five top spots ... led the Philadelphia Public League in scoring in both 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Personal: Nurideen Lindsey ... born in Philadelphia, Pa. ... son of Gina Schenck ... has four brothers, Jilani, Jafar, Halim and Tarik ... chose St. John's because of the University's academics and the history of the basketball program ... majoring in criminal justice.
UP CLOSE WITH NURIDEEN LINDSEY
Nickname: "Bean" or "Too Easy."
Favorite movie/TV show: "Scarface"/"Martin."
Favorite actor/actress: Will Smith.
What's on my iPod/iPhone: Lil' Wayne, T.I., Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Drake, Kanye West, Lil Boosie and Nitty.
Favorite food: Italian.
Favorite place to hang out on campus/NYC area: The gym.
Favorite class: History.
Major of Interest: Business/Criminal Justice.
Greatest athletic accomplishment: Earning a basketball scholarship to St. John's.
Hero/role model: My mother.
Favorite athlete/sports team: LeBron James/Los Angeles Lakers.
Favorite basketball moment: Playing my first game in JUCO, wearing my younger brother's jersey No. 10.
Favorite funny basketball story: One time I scored 61 points in a game!
I came to St. John's because: I felt it was a great opportunity.
Best thing about St. John's: The people.
Few people know that: I'm silly and love singing. And I can write with both hands.
Craziest thing I've ever done: Gotta keep that to myself!
One word to describe me on the court: Passionate.
One word to describe me off the court: Humble.
The St. John's basketball player that will surprise you this year is: Malik Stith.
If I could have dinner with three people (history or today): Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.
What do you want to accomplish this season: Win everything.
Favorite quote: "Yo, yo, yo."
Funny superstitions/pregame rituals: Listen to music, pray.
If I were president for the day I would: Do whatever I could to take care of the homeless people.
If I were Coach Lavin for the day I would: Take it easy on the 17's at practice!
The teammate that inspires me is: God'sgift Achiuwa.
If I could switch places for a day with any person (real or fictional) I'd be: Barack Obama because I want to see what the life of a president is like.
If I wasn't playing basketball I'd be: Singing at every karaoke spot in America, just kidding!