Austin has major interest

Larry Austin had a solid junior season and now he is prepared to make his mark on the AAU circuit while hearing quite a bit from top schools.

Four-star point guard Larry Austin out of Springfield (Ill.) Lanphier is one of the most athletic and explosive backcourt players in the class of 2014. The 6-foot-1 Austin has put that on display all year long, and many top athletic and academic schools are continuing to show him attention.

As the only player on his high school team with returning varsity experience, Austin knew this season would be a re-building year.

"It was an up and down season," said Austin. "I was the only returning starter so it was an up and down season with some good and some bad."

Overall it was a good season for Austin individually, and he feels he made some definite improvements to his game.

"My jump shot is coming along well, and also I am starting to see the floor better and I am making better passes and stuff like that," explained Austin.

When it comes to his recruitment, Austin continues to hear from some of the best academic and basketball schools in the country.

"Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Florida State, Harvard, Stanford, and DePaul have all been in or telling me they are coming in," said Austin.

Growing up not far from the University of Illinois, Austin says it is great to hear from the Illini.

"It is a good feeling to hear from them," said Austin. "It is always a good feeling to have your home state school recruit you and offer you. It is a blessing to have that ability to stay close to home and play for your state."

Illinois' border rival, Missouri, has also done a good job of making Austin a priority.

"Missouri is pretty good," said Austin. "They have a good coach and I like what they are doing over there. I think they have a good program and it is good to be recruited by them."

As a kid who excels in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, Austin says hearing from the premier academic schools like Stanford and Harvard is definitely big.

"It means a lot because it shows that I produce not only on the court, but in the classroom as well," said Austin. "I think it means a lot to have Stanford come in and Harvard come in and watch me play."

At the moment Austin has no timetable for a decision, instead he is focused on getting better and having a good summer running with the St. Louis Eagles on the AAU circuit.

"I am just hoping to have a great time, compete in every game, work hard, and keep getting better," said Austin.

Austin is currently the No. 12 ranked point guard in the country and the No. 54 player overall.

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