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Jake Lindsey Announces Basketball Playing Career is Over

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NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Texas John Gutierrez-USA TODAY Sports

Jake Lindsey announced on Baylorbears.com that his basketball playing career is over. Lindsey wrote a moving story on his playing career. One particularly worthy section:

If at any point in reading this story you felt sorry for me, I hope you don’t anymore. I know I don’t. This season has been a blast. If you had told me when I was a little kid that I would get to be on the Baylor basketball team for four years, and for three of those years I would be a somewhat-important part of what the team did on the court, I would’ve taken that in a heartbeat. If you had told me that I would meet the love of my life during that whole process, I would’ve said it’s too good to be true. I truly thank God for what He has done in my life through Baylor University. I told you at the beginning I was going to talk about God here. Yet, even now I hesitate to write this part. You see, it’s often a struggle for me to try and reconcile who I am in competition (and who I am on my worst days) with who I am called to be as a Christian. Many days, the two don’t add up. Discussing faith and sports can feel awkward to some, and downright disingenuous to others. As a long-time skeptic, I understand it.

Lindsey was a key rotation piece during his first three seasons at Baylor. He played on the first Baylor basketball team to reach No. 1. And his double digit performance against USC in the 2017 NCAA Tournament propelled the Bears to the 2017 Sweet 16.

We broke the story earlier this year that Lindsey would miss this season. He hoped to return, but as he makes clear that wasn’t an option.

Lindsey and his back-court teammate King McClure have been the best of Baylor in their four years at the school. They’ll each experience one last home game on Wednesday.