DePaul Offers SW Illinois Duo for 2014

Some of the best talent in Illinois for the class of 2014 comes from downstate. Darius Austin and Darreon Reddick both took an unofficial visit to DePaul today and walked away with scholarship offers from coach Oliver Purnell.

Darius Austin and Darreon Reddick both play for Southwest Illinois Jets basketball coach Dana Morgan on the AAU circuit. Austin, Reddick and fellow Jets teammate C.J. Rivers took the opportunity to tour DePaul's Lincoln Park campus and visit with Purnell today.

"I thought the visit went well," said Coach Morgan. "We got up here a couple hours before they practiced today and had a chance to meet all the coaches and toured the facility. They have an excellent practice facility. We had a chance to tour the campus and went around and saw different things and their educational facilities. We came back and watched them practice. I thought they had a pretty good practice. After eating lunch, Coach Purnell offered Darius and Darreon."

Both young men were impressed by DePaul.

"They're excited about it, especially with them getting offered by the same school," said Morgan. "They really like the style of play that DePaul has. They really get up and down the floor which really fits these two kids well."

Austin is from downstate Cahokia and already has offers from St. Louis and SIU-Edwardsville. He has also received interest from Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Xavier.

"Darius is a 6-6, 200 lb. wing who can play the one, two, and the three," said Morgan. "He's strong suited and can really handle the ball. He can create off the dribble. He can get to the basket. He has a good outside jump shot. He's a good rebounder for a guard that's 6-6. He's projected to be 6-8. So he has the possibility to play four different positions in college if his body continues to mature. I think he's just scratching the surface of his basketball talent."

Reddick plays for Belleville East along with Illinois commit Malcolm Hill. The offer from DePaul is his first offer. Reddick is also receiving interest from Illinois and Missouri.

"Darreon Reddick is a 6-3, 205 lb guard," said Morgan. "He's a real strong guard. He can get to the basket, likes contact, and has a really good mid-range jumpshot. He can handle the ball and could actually be a 1-2 combo (guard) at the next level."

While only sophomores, it will be interesting to watch these two prospects develop and mature during their high school careers.

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