2013 Intro: Austin Colbert

Five-star forward Austin Colbert is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the 2013 class.

Things went well for Austin Colbert as a sophomore. The five-star forward from Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick's was a role player on a team dominated by seniors, but still he managed to put up some solid numbers, and is attracting significant college attention.

"I think it was a great season and we did a lot of things people didn't expect out of us with Kyrie (Irving) graduating," Colbert explained of his sophomore year. "We came out every game and guarded. Unfortunately we lost to St. Anthony's, but it was still a great run."

For Colbert and St. Patrick's, the season came down to a game against Jersey City (NJ) St. Anthony's for not only a chance to advance to the state finals, but for the No. 1 spot in the national rankings. There was an incredible atmosphere at the game, and one that Colbert enjoyed being a part of.

"That experience is typically not for an average high school basketball player," said Colbert. "It was just crazy. Playing at a high level like that was just amazing. With the game at the RAC with so much intensity, it was unbelievable."

On the recruiting trail several schools are already beginning to take a long look at Colbert.

"So far I have heard from Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Xavier, Georgetown, Boston College, Temple, and I have heard from Virginia Tech," he listed.

Getting so much recruiting attention so early has been an eye opening experience for Colbert, and one that motivates him to get better all the time.

"It has definitely been an experience," said Colbert of the early recruiting attention. "It isn't overwhelming, but to know that I am going to play after high school and really sought after, it is a good feeling inside. It also shows that you have to keep working and things won't just come to you."

At this point Colbert is just in the beginning stages of his recruitment, but he is starting to get a feel for what he will be looking for in a school down the road when it comes time to make a decision.

"I've started to look at things and see what is important," said Colbert. "I think that my style of play is to get up and down the court. I want to look at a school that will let me play out on the perimeter as well as in on the post. Also I want a school that has a distributing point guard and a school that is a defensive minded team. At St. Pat's, Coach (Kevin) Boyle is all about defense and getting stops, so I think a defensive minded team is important."

Currently Colbert is viewed as the No. 8 prospect in the country in the 2013 class.

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