Best Player in Kansas?

Lamont Austin is a 5-foot-11 junior point guard at Highland Park (Topeka, Kan.) High School and is having a great season thus far.

Last night, Lamont Austin scored 13 points in the fourth quarter as Highland Park defeated Topeka High, 64-54 to win their fifth straight game.

The explosive 5-foot-11 guard used his outstanding ball-handling ability to get to the basket throughout the game and was 9-for-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

He finished with 19 points and hit 15-of-18 from the free-throw line. He also added four assists and four steals.

"If there is a better player—not just guard—in the state of Kansas than Lamont Austin, then I want to see him," said Highland Park head coach Ken Darting.

Senior, junior, or sophomore?

"It doesn't matter," Darting said. "Everybody is talking about him."

The talented junior takes his performance in stride as he only has one goal in my mind when he steps on the court.

"I just want to help the team win—that is all that I do," Austin said. "I would rather look to pass to my teammates for them to score, but I guess they depended on me tonight."

Austin, who has already taken an unofficial visit to Wichita State, lists Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Wichita State, Illinois State, and Southern Illinois in his top five.

Gonzaga could enter the mix after Darting talked to Mark Few about his talented point guard.

Austin is averaging 14 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals this season for Highland Park (7-2).

His next game is at the presitgious Topeka Invitational Tournament (T.I.T.) on January 19 at 5:00 p.m. against Wichita West.

He is scheduled to take the ACT for the first time on February 11.

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