Austin's game continues to grow

Springfield (IL) Lanphier product Larry Austin is having an excellent spring and has turned himself into one of the better point guards in the 2014 class.

Playing with D-Rose at the Best Buy Chicago Classic, Larry Austin was very impressive. The 6-foot-1 guard with athleticism, shot making ability, and good speed was putting all of his skills on display. Austin now is getting more attention on the recruiting trail, and continues to make strides with his ability.

"The spring has been going great," said Austin. "I started off a little slow, but recently I have been picking it up."

He continued, "My game has grown a lot. My shot is coming along, and I think I am picking and choosing my spots better and I am doing a better job of running a team and getting guys open."

With his size, speed, and athleticism it is no surprise that colleges are really beginning to focus in on Austin who is turning himself into one of the best point guards in the 2014 class.

"Recruiting wise everything is going well," said Austin. "Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Xavier, Kentucky, Illinois is talking to me again, Missouri, Bradley, DePaul, and Memphis have all been calling. I think it is going good right now."

On the staff at Tennessee is Illinois native Tracey Webster, and he has the Volunteers in the mix for Austin's services.

"Tennessee is a good program," said Austin. "My dad talks to them mostly, and I know they have been to some of my games. Also I know their coaches saw me when I was playing on the EYBL."

Also John Groce and the new staff at Illinois are beginning to pick things up again with Austin on the recruiting trail. Austin lives a little over an hour away from the Illinois campus, and hopes to make the short trip over there soon.

"At first they told me I wasn't a priority, but then they saw my new video and now they say I am a priority," said Austin of the Illini. "They want me to come to campus as soon as possible, so I when we have time hopefully coming up I will make a visit to Illinois."

Another school looking to get Austin on campus in the near future is Xavier.

"They want me to come out and visit," said Austin of the Musketeers. "It is a ways away, so I don't know when it will fit in my schedule, but they are a good program and they let their guards play."

For now Austin says he has no timeline for a decision, but does have certain factors that he pays specific attention to when talking to coaches and watching college games.

"I look for a winning program and how they develop point guards," said Austin. "Also I look at the academics and if they have a commitment to that with their players."

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