Christ Prysbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee is becoming a Division I factory. Led by former Vanderbilt hoops star Drew Maddux, CPA showcased at least four Division I athletes when the Lions took to the court Wednesday night in the District finals against rival Lipscomb High School. CPA features consensus national top 20 prospect for the 2014 class Jalen Lindsey, along with Belmont signee (2012) Craig Bradshaw, shooting guard Jake Allsmiller (2014) and football prospect Vic Wharton (2014).
Lindsey is a rare athlete that combines fluidity and explosiveness. He is a consensus national top 20 prospect for the 2014 class and has an extraordinarily high ceiling. There aren't many prospects as athletic as Lindsey. He has developing understanding of the game but comes with a solid skill set for this stage in his career. He is a kid that can shoot the perimeter shot and also create off the bounce. Lindsey appears to be a shade under 6-foot-6 and a lean build. He looks to still be growing and if he adds another 2-3 inches his stock will soar even higher. As most young stars, he still picks and chooses when he wants to play hard on defense. Has offers from most of the elite programs and at this time and Kentucky, North Carolina and possibly Vanderbilt appear to be in the driver's seat. This prospect can be as good as he wants to be -- his ceiling is that high.
Bradshaw isn't your typical 6-foot-2, 200-pound private school shooting guard. Bradshaw is extremely athletic and plays the game with physicality. He is an average shooter, but has the athleticism and skill set to create off the bounce. He's not going to beat you with his jump shot, but has the opportunity to develop into a solid scorer and a tremendous defensive player. Has already signed with Belmont and the Bruins appear to have landed a steal. Bradshaw is the driving force behind CPA as they compete for a state championship.
Allsmiller is a lean 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward. While he is not an explosive athlete, he does have pretty good lateral mobility. His father, 6-9ish, was a former standout for the Vanderbilt Commodores. By all appearances, Allsmiller is still growing and will probably add another 3-4 inches. Allsmiller made 100 3s as a freshman for the Lions and broke the school record as a sophomore. He has the potential to develop into a knock down three point shooter, maybe even an automatic. He was recently offered by Vanderbilt. Not many prospects can shoot the ball like Allsmiller.
Vic Wharton Football Prospect
This past week Wharton received football offers from North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He plays point guard on the basketball team, but could project as a wide receiver, corner or safety in college. He has great feet and explosiveness and appears to be in the 5-10 to 5-11, 170 pound range.