Austin Sees Iowa

2014 Illinois Wing Darius Austin saw Iowa for the first time on Saturday when he visited with two of his Southwestern Illinois Jets teammates. Find out how the Cahokia High product thought of the trip and where things sit with his recruitment in this update.

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery is dangling the carrot in front of Darius Austin. A scholarship opportunity awaits the Class of 2014 wing. He just has to perform for it.

Austin visited Iowa City on Saturday with Southwestern Illinois Jets teammates Darreon Reddick and Peyton Allen, who recently picked up a Hawkeye offer. Austin's ride sounded like it could be close.

"Coach McCaffery said the reason he didn't offer on this trip is because he's only seen me once," said the 6-foot-7, 185-pound Austin. "He said he wants to evaluate me more in July. He said he if he likes what he sees an offer will be handed to me. He'll have an offer on the table."

Austin, who plays for Cahokia (IL) High, reports offers from DePaul, Xavier and SIU - Edwardsville. Iowa, Xavier Michigan, Butler, Oregon State and Cincinnati are showing the most interest in him of the other schools, he said.

"I'm gathering all the information on schools interested in me," Austin said. "I'll get things down this summer and make a decision in the fall."

The Jets trio has scheduled visits to Xavier and Nebraska this month. Austin said he already has seen Xavier, Ohio State and Illinois in person.

Austin will attended the Butler Elite Camp on June 9, the Michigan Elite camp on June 12 and the Reebok Camp in July. He'd also like to get to Illinois to meet the new coaching staff.

Austin is becoming comfortable with Iowa's coaches. Assistant Andrew Francis is leading the way with the Jets for the Hawkeyes.

"As soon as we got there, we met with Coach Francis," Austin said. "He took us to the offices. Coach McCaffery wasn't there yet. He was a little late because he was at one of his daughter's dance auditions. He talked to us about our games and how we fit into the system and how we would be a great fit for their program."

McCaffery painted a mental picture of how he sees Austin fitting into the Iowa attack.

"He said he'd be comfortable with me being a go-to-guy in close-game situations," Austin said. "He said he lets his scorers have freedom. He thinks I can run the floor and get them lay-ups, dunks, rebounds and put-backs and stuff.

"Iowa is a nice school. The visit went great."

Austin, who is considering a sports management major, said he's trying improve his strength, become more explosive and sharpen up his jumper.

"I think the best parts of my game right now are getting to the basket, getting to the free throw line and getting my teammates involved," he said. "I'm a pretty good passer."


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