All Hail Augustus

Arkansas is one of the leaders for Houston Superstars swingman Kodi Augustus (6-8, 210), a 2007 hoops prospect who will be playing at a prep academy next season but is getting a lot of attention this summer as he goes from a 2006 to 2007 prospect.

Although Kodi Augustus grew up intially in Baton Rouge, he's not interested in playing for LSU.

In fact, he's more than likely going to play against them when he gets to college.

"It's nothing against LSU, but I grew up there and just want to go and play somewhere else," Augustus said. "I just want to get away and go somewhere else like Arkansas or another school in the SEC."

Augustus, a 6-8, 210-pound reclassified junior small forward who averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks last season at Houston Willowridge, has plans to play next season at Lee Academy in Maine next season.

Ranked as a top 100 player by Scout.com in 2006 and no doubt destined to be even higher in 2007 ratings once he is officially reclassified, Augustus will have several schools keeping tabs on him including Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, USC, Illinois and Missouri to name a few.

Arkansas was at several of his game during the Real Deal on the Hill April 14-16 in Fayetteville, took in several more at the Kingwood Classic last weekend in Houston and will no doubt follow him throughout the rest of the spring and summer.

"He is a terrific player and coaches love the fact that he is an athletic big that can shoot the ball so well," Superstars head coach John Eurery said. "I know that he really likes Arkansas and they really like him."

Augustus has been to Fayetteville twice now - both for the Real Deal on the Hill events.

"I really like Arkansas' facilities and their coaches and I think it would be a great fit for me if I was to end up here," Augustus said. "I really like the atmosphere around here."

Augustus showed off both his inside and outside games the past two weeks, one that includes a solid outside touch as deep as three-point range, a variety of inside moves, aggressive rebounding and tremendous athleticism.

"I think the coaches like that I am pretty versatile and can score both inside and outside and work hard while I am out on the court," Augustus said. "I am just doing my best to help my team win, develop my game and get noticed."

Augustus will join Springdale Har-Ber standouts Michael Sanchez and Nate Rakestraw and several of the nation's other top prospects at the Reebok ABCD All-Star Camp July 4-9 in Teaneck, N.J.

He had attended the Adidas camp last summer.

"I think he made a mistake going to that camp last season instead of going to Reebok, where you get more exposure," Eurery said. "He would be more highly ranked than he is now, which is still pretty high. But (ABCD founder) Sonny (Vaquero) will take care of him and he'll be at the right event this summer and he'll just blow up even more."


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