Augustin Talks More About Ohio State Interest

Add another name to the list of big-time junior basketball prospects considering Ohio State -- five-star New Orleans (La.) point guard D.J. Augustin. Kyle Lamb had a chance to talk with Augustin about the Buckeyes and the level of interest he has.

Many of the top programs in the country are involved with many of the same prospects, especially as far as point guards go. You can add another team into the derby to land a top tier 2006 PG.

Bucknuts spoke with Louisiana point guard D.J. Augustin on Wednesday evening, and he told us he has a lot of interest in a new program that has gotten involved with him -- Ohio State.

"They started calling pretty recently," Augustin said of the Buckeyes. "I have a lot of interest in them."

"I watched them play on TV a few times and I really like how they play. I liked the pick and roll that they do, and how they push the ball up the floor," he added.

Augustin is a 6-1 170-pound guard ranked 19th nationally in the class of 2006 by Scout Hoops. Rated as the nation's second-ranked point guard behind Mike Conley of Indianapolis, he has helped lead his team to a 24-2 record thus far.

A native of New Orleans, LA (Brother Martin), the LSU Tigers looked like early favorites to land Augustine but he recently has expressed interest in going away from home for college.

A pair of Tobacco Road schools is at the top of the list for Augustin.

"North Carolina, Wake Forest, Texas, LSU, and I like Ohio State a lot too," Augustin said of the schools he's interested in.

So far, Augustin's only visits have been to LSU and North Carolina.

He took a visit to North Carolina this past summer when his AAU team played in a tournament down near Chapel Hill. However, he would still like to visit all the schools he's interested in sooner or later-probably after the season.

"I want to take all of my visits, but it probably will be when my season is over," he said. "As of right now, I haven't really talked about visits with anyone but I will start thinking about that soon."

As far as Ohio State, he describes the talks still "in early stages", but he is very interested in getting to know more about them.

"So far I like what I've heard from them," Augustin explained. "(Assistant) Coach (Alan) Major and Coach (Thad) Matta has been recruiting me."

Augustin is a high priority at point guard because of his ability to drive the lane and fine an open man. He also has a nice jump shot to go with good court awareness.

He thrives on his ability to penetrate.

"I love to drive the lane and dish to an open teammate," Augustin said. "What comes to me, I will take. But since I see a lot of double-teams, I have to look to others a lot."

When the time comes to take his visits, Augustin knows what he will be looking for. He also has a real clear mind for what he wants in choosing the final destination.

"Academics are most important for me," he concluded. "But, I want a good relationship with my coaches, I want a family type atmosphere, and I want to be a part of the rivalries and excitement. All that sort of stuff is what I want."

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