Former Moline standout basketball player Anthony Lindauer trekked to North Carolina last fall fully intending his trip would last one season.|
Turns out, the stay just got four years longer.
Moments after receiving a basketball scholarship offer from High Point University during a visit to the school on Tuesday night, Lindauer verbally accepted it. Lindauer, a 2012 Moline grad who spent this season at the Charlotte, N.C.-based Southern Tech Prep Academy, can sign his national letter-of-intent starting on April 17.
Because he attended a prep school, he will have four years of eligibility remaining.
"A relief and a huge weight off my shoulders," Lindauer said on Wednesday after becoming Moline's first Division I basketball recruit in seven years. "As soon as the coaches told me, you think about all the people who helped you. I just want to say thanks to everyone who got me to this point."
Outspoken about his desire to play Division I basketball, Lindauer attended the North Carolina prep school to advance his game and opportunities. The decision enabled him to reach his goal with his commitment to the High Point, N.C., school, located outside Winston-Salem.
The Panthers, a member of the Big South Conference, project Lindauer as a shooting guard.
"I went out there with an open mind," said Lindauer, who also received interest from Rutgers. "It's just a good fit."
What sold Lindauer was "the coaching staff and campus." He said the Panthers have an up-and-down offense that fits his style and "the campus isn't too big or too small."
High Point is coming off a Big South Conference regular-season title, its first since joining Division I prior to the 1999-2000 season.
"I just knew High Point was the right school," Lindauer said. "The area out there is perfect. Everything finally worked out."
Saying those words are something Lindauer always wanted to do. This past year helped him do it.
"I became a better player, matured a little bit," Lindauer said. "I had to grow up and change. Overall, going to a prep school was a good decision."
Lindauer's dream has been reached.
"I'm really excited," Lindauer said. "I've been smiling all day."
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