Now that his junior season has ended, Springfield Lanphier point guard Larry Austin is turning his focus to the AAU season and his recruitment. The 6-1, 165-pound Austin -- the No. 54 overall prospect and No. 12 point guard in Scout.com's 2014 national rankings -- has plenty of scholarship offers and programs that are interested, including DePaul. Larry claimed scholarship offers from DePaul, Illinois, Missouri, Memphis, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Iowa and SMU while UConn, Florida State and Butler have been in touch.
Recently, Austin took an unofficial visit to DePaul that included catching a game at Allstate Arena and touring the Lincoln Park campus the next day with his family.
"It was pretty good," Austin said of the unofficial visit to DePaul. "I got to see the Louisville game, I stayed the night in a hotel with my family and then we got to see the campus afterwards. I had a chance to sit down with the coaching staff and see the campus and get a feel for things. It was a good visit."
While on the visit, Larry sat down with the Blue Demon coaching staff to find out how he would fit into DePaul's program.
"They told me they wanted me to be a part of their program and how I would fit into their system and how they would help me develop my game," Austin said. "They like to run and use a lot of pick and roll so I fit that system. I like to get up-and-down."
DePaul's style of play might be appealing to Larry, but he's also looking for a few other things in his future college program.
"I look at which players are coming in with me, which players I'll be playing with, my relationship with the coaching staff and how things are in the classroom," Austin said. "Education plays a big part because I want a plan outside of basketball."
Austin also has an idea of what he can bring to the table for whichever college basketball program he chooses to attend.
"I bring intensity, defensive pressure on the ball and I try to get post touches for my big men while spreading the ball around; being a capable one-guard," Austin said. "But I'll also score and look for my shot if I need to help the team with that."
While recruiting is a big focus for Larry, the high school season recently came to a close. Unfortunately, his high school season ended early as Springfield Lanphier fell to Chatham Glenwood in the Class 3A regional quarterfinals. The Lions finished the season 15-12 (8-9 in the Central State Eight).
"It had its ups and downs," Austin said of the high school season. "We'd go on a winning streak, and then lose a couple. We were young and I was the only one that played a lot on varsity last year so that was an adjustment. I'm looking forward to next season."
Now that Lanphier's season has ended, Larry will turn his attention to the club circuit as he prepares to play in the Nike EYBL with the St. Louis Eagles. Since Austin is ranked by many scouting services, including Scout, the pressure will be on him to perform.
"I do feel the pressure," Austin said. "During the high school season everyone came at me with their best shot and I know that on the AAU circuit it's going to be the same way. Playing in the EYBL, you know every game is going to be tough."
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