Lindsay sets big goals for senior season

Tom Batters
Richwoods point guard Jontell Lindsay said he hopes his hard work this summer will make him a better player this winter.

It is open gym on a Thursday afternoon, a time when players are pretty much on their own.

A few players are taking jump shots and getting each others’ rebounds.

Jontell Lindsay is sweating and slightly winded when he jogs over to the sideline for this interview.

When asked what he has been working on, he says with conviction, “Everything. Shooting. Ball-handling. Defense. I want to work on my whole game this summer.”

Lindsay, the point guard for the Knights, whose season ended with a heart-breaking loss to Peoria Notre Dame in the Regional Semi-final, said he is “driven” to become a strong senior leader for next year’s team.

“There is a big difference between being a junior and being a senior,” he said. “My role will be much bigger this year. I will have to be the hardest working player out there. I will have to be the one to show the younger players how to work hard every day. I’m taking that role very seriously this summer.”

The Knights, who lost seniors James Robertson, Chris Sierra and Ben Hogan, will return a strong group of juniors next season. Lindsay said he wants to help those players reach their full potential.

“We have a lot of talent here,” he said. “But, you need leadership on the floor, too. I want to be that team leader every night.”

Lindsay said he is lifting weights and working hard in open gym sessions this summer.

He said he does not think about that last game (a 60-57 loss that ended a string of 19 straight Regional final appearances for the Knights) anymore, but he is determined to make sure the Knights advance further next season.

“I wish we could have gone further, but last year is over. We can’t do anything about it now,” he said. “We can just try to get better and work harder. That’s all we can do.”

Lindsay is getting interest from Division 1 colleges, including Ball State, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.

He said that is more incentive to have a strong senior season.

“I’d like to play in college somewhere, but I don’t want to think about that too much,” he said. “I’m more focused on helping this team win.”