UNLV & WSU Coaches Watching Weems and Austin

Highland Park (KS) High School features two junior prospects that have received attention from mid-major programs. Kyle Weems is a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward and Lamont Austin is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound point guard have helped lead their team to a 15-3 record as they are one of the favorites for the Class 5A state championship.

Kyle Weems is the nephew of former Stanford star guard, Kris Weems, and has put together back-to-back great individual performances.

Weems put up 23 points including four three-pointers against one of the best teams in the state which features a frontline that lines up, 6'5", 6'7", and 6'8". He followed his 23-point effort with a 20-point night on Friday.

He was 17-of-27 from the floor in the two games with six three-pointers.

"I just tried to come out and be aggressive," Weems said. "I knew I had to get into the flow. I made my first couple of shot and built on that."

On Thursday, UNLV assistant coach Steve Henson was at practice and flew back to Las Vegas for a home game against San Diego State.

On Friday, Wichita State assistant coach Tad Boyle was at the game.

Weems and his teammate Lamont Austin took an unofficial visit to Wichita State in December against Indiana State.

"The atmosphere was crazy," Weems said. "It gives you a test of what you can be playing in front of some day and I can't wait. The game was a lot of fun. We went into the locker room after the game and met a couple of players."

Weems and Austin are expecteed to be at Wichita State for another unofficial visit on Saturday, Feb. 25 in their final home game against Illinois State.

"It was cool going down there earlier and seeing the atmosphere," Austin added. "It ws a nice atmosphere and I'm looking forward to it again."

Although both players enjoyed the atmosphere at Wichita State, location is not a factor with these two and will play "anywhere".

Weems plays AAU on KC Pump 'N Run which features Tyrel Reed (#15 PG in 2007 by Scout.com), George Goode (#7 SF in 2007), and Travis Releford (#2 SG in 2008).

"Playing with 'Pump' is a blessing," Weems said. "I am playing with some of the most dominate players at their position in the nation."

Weems can shoot the ball well as well as handle it and distribute. The talented junior also has great hands on defense and is always getting steals and rebounds.

Although he does a lot of things well, he does have areas in his game he wants to improve on.

"I want to keep working on getting stronger and going to the rim a little bit more."

Weems carries a 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale and location is not a factor for Weems when choosing his schools.

"I want to go to the best program that is the best fit for me," Weems said. "I want to go to a good program going in the right direction and has a great coaching staff with a great graduation percentage of its players."

Weems and Austin have a good relationship and will do what is best for them in choosing their collges.

Earlier this season, Highland Park head coach Ken Darting praised his point guard for being the best player in the state.

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

When Austin (pictured right) was asked about his thoughts on the statement by his coach, he responded,

"It's real good to have my coach say that about me," Austin said. "But you also can't get big headed with something like this. I just take it in and just keep playing my game."

Austin is known for possessing great quickness, speed, defense, and the able to create opportunities for his teammates as well as himself.

One of the things a point guard is expected to do is be a leader. This is an area Austin definitely feels comfortable with.

"As a leader I think I am doing good," Austin said. "I usually lead by example, but I feel comfortable getting on people if I have to. There are some people you have to do that to and sometimes you have to get on certain guys to make them keep playing their game consistently."

Austin hopes to lead the team to a state title after both Lamont and Kyle were on the 2004 state championship team as freshmen.

Highland Park begins postseason play on February 27.

"I can't wait for substate," Weems said. "It is my favorite time of the year. It is time for all of the hard work you put into the summer and all of the long practices you go through to pay off."

"I'm ready to show people what we are about."

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