Cahokia (IL) swingman Darius Austin received his first offer from the Saint Louis Billikens, and while they have continued in hot pursuit, several other schools have joined the mix.
At six-foot-six, Austin possesses the size and an attractive skill set for a guard. He gets into the lane practically any time he pleases and can shoot it well out to 18 feet.
He must finish a bit stronger into contact at the rim, but otherwise much of his game is refined and he should be in for an impressive summer.
His Southwest Illinois Jets 16U squad went 6-0 this weekend at the Battle for the Arch en route to a title, and they get back on the road in two weeks at the Adidas May Classic in Bloomington (IN).
In addition to work on the court and school, Austin has several visits lined up.
"I'm going to Xavier May 11, I'm going to Iowa May 4," Austin said. "I'm haven't set a time to visit Nebraska yet but I plan on going down there. Cincinnati has been calling and wanting me to come to their Elite Camp. I'm going to the Michigan Elite Camp June 9."
His first offer, however, was from the Billikens and SLU coach Tony Young was in attendance at every game this weekend.
"I stay on the phone with Coach Tony," Austin said, citing his good relationship with the SLU staffer.
Butler, Purdue, and DePaul were also seen at the Jets games on several occasion, including when Austin put up some solid numbers including a 23-point outburst in an 8 o'clock tip.
So with all the positive developments in his game, what does he still need to work on?
"I need to stop forcing shots," Austin said. "Coach said I was taking too many shots and wasn't getting good looks. I came out more aggressive today, got to the rim, and minimized my shots."