2013 PF Austin Colbert Attracts UI Interest

The Fighting Illini basketball staff continues to target players for the 2013 recruiting class. One of the latest to earn a scholarship offer is power forward Austin Colbert. He has the skills Illini coaches seek in their front line players.

Austin Colbert is a lean, athletic power forward who has made a big impression on the Illinois coaching staff. He is pleased to receive a scholarship offer from the Illini.

"I'm real honored. I'm looking forward to getting to know the coaching staff better. I eventually plan to take a visit up there."

The Illini haven't been involved with Colbert long, but their efforts have made an impact.

"Coach (John) Groce has been talking to me a lot, and I've talked to Coach (Jamall) Walker. This month is the first I've ever heard from Illinois."

When the 6'-8", 205 pounder describes his game, it is no wonder why coaches at a number of schools are showing interest.

"I think I'm pretty skilled as far as my all-around basketball skills. I run the floor pretty well. I'm aggressive, and I can rebound pretty well. My ball handling skills are pretty good for my size. My midrange jump shot looks pretty good; my three point shot needs more consistency."

Have Illini coaches told him their vision for his future at the UI?

"They think I have a great upside, and I fit their system perfectly. They look for me to make an impact. Work hard, and I can do great things there."

Besides Illinois, Colbert shares his other scholarship offers.

"So far, schools that have offered include Miami, Florida, Seton Hall, Baylor, Memphis, Pittsburgh, Xavier, schools like that."

His Team Final AAU team played in the Peach Jam last weekend. They didn't make the championship rounds, but Colbert is pleased with the team's progress.

"We did pretty well. We went 3-2 in pool play. Of course, we didn't get out of it. But we did some real good things as a team."

Colbert wants a college where the coaches can help him become the best he can possibly be. The future Pre-Med major also wants a strong school academically. He plans to sign in November.

Deciding upon a high school might be just as tough. He attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut last school year, but he is still contemplating where he will attend for his senior year.

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