A 6-foot-6, 175-pounder who can play anywhere from point guard to small forward, Austin put his talents on display Saturday at the VILLA Classic at Arcadia University.
Austin led his team to a victory over a talented Lincoln (NY) squad led by a top 40 player in the 2014 class, Isaiah Whitehad. He dropped in a game-high 18 points, played superb defense and was named co-MVP.
"I think they're a real good team in New York, I think number two. We just wanted to come out and focus on just winning the toughness battle," Austin said of the game. "I had to guard Isaiah Whitehead, a very good player, so I just wanted to get in on him and make it hard for him to score."
Austin said he felt he did a good job guarding Whitehead, and indeed he did. He limited the 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard to just 12 points on a rough shooting night.
As for how his season is going so far, Austin commented, "We're going good, I think we're 4-0 now, [or] 3-0. So we got a good start out, we just want to keep playing strong and try to keep [going] out there."
Although he was not sure what he is averaging (20.3 ppg), Austin shared how he thinks he has been playing personally.
"I've been doing good," Austin said. "I've been leading my team to wins, so I'm very proud of myself."
After initially committing to Penn State, Austin wound up reopening his recruitment and eventually signing with Providence. He discussed how it feels to have the process behind him.
"It's just stress-free now . . . It was a hard choice to get to Providence," Austin said, "and now I think I made a good choice of where I'm going."
Although he may have his college choice in the rear view mirror, that does not impact the way Austin goes about his business on the court.
"No, I don't think about it," Austin said. "I still go out there and play like I don't got no offers."
Asked to look back on his recruitment, Austin remarked, "I'm glad I waited and took my time with all the process."
He went on to note that the reason he decommitted from PSU was exactly that; he wanted to take his time.
Austin said he is happy with the way things turned out and shared why he ended up settling on Providence as his school of choice.
"Just the coaches that showed me love," Austin said. "Like, they were just hitting me up every day, just showing me love. [They] brought me in like a family."
Head coach Ed Cooley and assistant coach Bob Simon are the ones that Austin said he speaks with the most. He shared what they have been saying to him.
"Just come in, be the guy to play along with Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn," Austin said. "So, I can't turn that down."
Asked if the coaches have told what position they want him to play, Austin replied, "Yeah, they want me coming in and playing point guard about 35 minutes [per game]."
Austin noted that he selected PC over UConn and Texas. His main reasons were those relationships he developed as well as proximity to home
At this point, Austin said he is not really in touch with the current members of the Providence team.
As for the here and now, Austin's goals for the remainder of his senior season are pretty simple.
"Just keep winning and try to get back to the state championship," Austin said.
BRANDON AUSTIN INTERVIEW
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