September 9, 2011

Austin in demand

The Illini have been working the class of 2014 very hard throughout the summer and numerous offers have been given out to some of the top players in the state. Another offer went out on Wednesday when the Illini offered 2014 point guard prospect Larry Austin.

Austin had a tremendous summer playing for his Mid America Elite squad and showcasing the point guard skills and talents that make him such a coveted prospect. That play has opened the door to interest from numerous schools and drawn him an offer from the home state school.

"It's big," Austin said if the Illinois offer. "I'm from Illinois; they are the home state school, so it means a lot to get an offer from them."

Despite the fact that Austin is excited about getting the Illinois offer to go along with an earlier offer from Bradley, Austin says he is no hurry to make a decision.

"It doesn't change my timeline," he said. "I'm going to go through the process, I'm just a sophomore, and see what's out there, take a few visits."

Austin plans on visiting Illinois for the Arizona State game on September 17th in what is setting up as a huge visit weekend for Illinois. He also has visits set to Ohio State and Xavier, and is working on setting up visits to Kansas and Kentucky. All of that, plus he will be attending the USA Basketball training camp the weekend of October 14th and 15th in what shapes up as a busy fall.

His strong summer with Mid America Elite and solid play with the USA basketball 16U squad has moved him from being a player on the radar to a more coveted prospect. College coaches finally got a chance to see him run a team, and what they saw was a solid point guard with the athletic ability to play at the high major level. His hard work has paid off, but Austin isn't done working.

"It shows that the hard work has paid off," Austin said of his new interest and offers, but it also motivates me to keep working hard."

That hard work will likely lead to more offers for the 6'1 guard, even as early as this fall as he makes his way around the Midwest for unofficial visits.


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