As Rider coach Kevin Baggett gets set to coach his first game, the only uncertainty surrounding the program is when he will have highly touted transfer Nurideen Lindsey.
Lindsey transferred from St. John’s, eventually reaching Rider in January after reconsidering transferring to Arkansas. He currently is in the process of applying for a waiver to play immediately, which will be reviewed by the NCAA.
Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett said that, “everything has been submitted to the NCAA” and they are awaiting word as to whether they will have Lindsey at the start of the season or at the beginning of the second semester.
“Dealing with all the young man has gone through, having lost two of his brothers; I hope the NCAA takes that very serious,” Baggett said.
“But I can’t control that decision so I just have to focus on when I hear whether we’re going to have him or not and just try and go from there with it.”
Lindsey averaged 12.4 points per game in nine games with St. John’s during the 2011-12 season. He will be eligible to play one more year after this season.
“I want to play him at the point, he has experience,” Baggett said. “His first semester there at St. John’s he did a good job of producing for those guys.”