Grandstaff Talks SMU Interest

4-star SG Austin Grandstaff talks about his interest in SMU and more!

After decommiting from Oklahoma State last week, 2015 shooting guard Austin Grandstaff from Rockwall has opened up his recruitment again.

According to Grandstaff, who holds offers from the likes of Arizona State, Creighton and Marquette, he just wanted to explore other options.

"I just kind of wanted to open it up," he explained. "I have been having a really good school season, and I just wanted to check out my other options. I still like Oklahoma State a lot and I'm still interested in them. I'm just going to look at some other schools, too."

Grandstaff is the Texas-5A scoring leader this season with 25.8 points per game. On Saturday, he scored 25 points and helped Rockwall clinch the playoffs with a 54-42 victory over Mesquite Horn.

That same day, Grandstaff was slated to make an unofficial visit to SMU along with AAU teammates Matt McQuaid and Elijah Thomas to see the Mustangs take on Cincinnati. But instead, he went out and celebrated with his teammates.

"I didn't end up going since we had a team lunch after we clinched the playoffs," Grandstaff said. "I'm going to make it to another game thought."

Despite not witnessing SMU's historic victory, Grandstaff still holds high interest in the Ponies. When Larry Brown arrived on the Hilltop, Grandstaff was one of the very first players he offered.

Grandstaff says his recruitment is wide-open and there are no favorites yet. He added that SMU is back in the mix mostly because of the coaching staff and location.

"I'm definitely interested in SMU," Grandstaff said. "Coach Brown, of course, is one of the best ever to do it coaching-wise. It's right here in Dallas, and I heard new Moody is pretty nice. They also moved conferences so that was kind of a game changer for me."

Grandstaff's father, Wes, who coaches Team Texas Elite, already has a good relationship with the SMU coaching staff. He says the entire program has had a different look and feel to it this season with their success.

"I have a good relationship with K.T.(Turner) and Ulric (Maligi) and I have known Coach (Tim) Jankovich forever. I knew him when he was at Kansas, so we have a great relationship," Wes said. "I think right now they are some of the hardest working coaches in college basketball as they try and get that thing turned around.

"They got new arena renovations and I think they are on the right track. They are a lot of winning games and some against powerhouse, top-25 teams."

Grandstaff is rated as a four-star and the 11th ranked shooting guard in his class. He is one of the best shooters in the country and a very underrated passer.

He will take the spring and summer to work on his game and check out other schools. Grandstaff doesn't have a timetable for his new decision and says he will most likely take his time thinking about it.

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