Four Schools Stand Out For Austin

Isaiah Austin put together big time efforts at Pangos All-American Camp and the NBA Camp. He talked to Scout.com about his performance and his recruitment.

Isaiah Austin is starting to turn it up. Always known for his long term potential and upside, the big man out of Arlington (Tex.) Grace Prep has picked up his play this spring.

Austin made the top 20 all-star game at the Pangos All-American Camp and showed flashes of his ability. Then a few weeks later the five-star prospect had a strong showing at the NBA camp.

"I've been playing pretty good," Austin told Scout.com. "I'm blocking a lot of shots. I'm rebounding well. I'm not scoring like I want to, but that will come."

Although he stands 7-feet tall, Austin likes to show an ability to step away from the basket and stretch the defense. He believes one of his strengths is his versatility.

"I like to show people all types of my game," he said. "When I was at Pangos my coach wanted me to play on the perimeter so that's what I did. Here because I'm 7-foot they want me to play in the post so I have to listen to them."

"I prefer playing on the perimeter until I get my strength up because that's my strong suit," Austin added. "The coaches are the coaches and I have to listen to them."

In both camps Austin matched up with some of the top prospects in the country. He said he's more than held his own.

"I've definitely shown them that I'm deserving of my ranking," Austin said. "I've shown them that if they come in [the paint] I'm going to beat it. I felt like I have something to prove."

On June 15th college coaches could begin calling prospects that will be entering their junior seasons. Austin, like many others in the 2012 class, received a number of phone calls from college coaches.

"It's going real well," he said of the recruiting process. "I'm high on Baylor. I'm high on Kentucky. I'm high on Georgetown and I'm high on Texas."

Austin broke down each of the four programs, citing different reasons for liking each school.

"Coach [Scott] Drew from Baylor, he's probably my favorite coach," Austin said. "He's exciting and I've always liked him. With Kentucky and [John] Calipari he told me straight up that if I come he's going to develop me and get me to the next level and I respect him for that."

"Georgetown, I used to watch them when I was young," he said. "They were the only school I watched pretty much. I think it was because they were sponsored by Jordan. Texas coach Rick Barnes gets players in the league and he lets you play, so I like that about him."

A native of Texas, Austin said he will definitely take proximity into account when he starts the process of making his college decision.

"Distance definitely plays into it," Austin said. "I'm a momma's boy and I love my mom with all my heart and I want her to see me play college basketball because she taught me everything about life."

Austin, who has taken unofficial visits to Baylor and Oklahoma State, said he wants to visit a pair of schools in the near future.

"I want to go visit Kentucky and I want to go visit the University of Hawaii because coach Gibbs just got that job and I really want to go visit him."

Despite the process starting early, Austin is at least a year away from making his decision.

"It's still early, but I've definitely started thinking about it. I'll probably talk about it with my mom and dad over the summer and then hopefully make my decision at the end of my next summer."


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