Needing A Big Man

Jim Christian and his staff have done an amazing job turning around the Frogs and making TCU basketball relevant again. Recruits are starting to notice the buzz around the program. Come inside BigPurpleNation.com as we talk with one of TCU's early targets for the 2009 recruiting class. If you don't have a BPN membership, you are missing out!

With the graduation of Kevin Langford and John Ortiz, the TCU basketball team will be looking for a couple big men in the 2009 recruiting class. It seems that one of their early targets is Princeton Day Academy Waverly Austin. Austin, who is 6-foot-10 and weighs 225 pounds, currently holds offers from TCU, Florida State, and Tulane. He is also getting interest from South Florida and Kentucky.

Austin was playing basketball at the Dallas God Academy, but transferred to Princeton Day Academy in Maryland to be closer to home. While he may be on the east coast, Waverly has not forgotten about Texas.

"I will definitely consider them (TCU). They have always been there from the beginning," Austin told BigPurpleNation.com. "When I first transferred to the God Academy, they missed up my transcripts. TCU didn't care and overlooked it. They even helped me to try to fix the problem. I appreciate that a lot. It's a school I will definitely heavily consider."

Another reason for Austin's transfer was his academics. He did not feel that he was being properly prepared for the ACT at Dallas God Academy. After passing the ACT, the 2009 recruit feels that recruiting will pick up and he will get a good idea who is really interested.

Jim Christian and his staff have done an amazing job in the recent months putting TCU basketball back on the map. Recruits, like Austin, are noticing the progress.

"They are telling me they need a big man because Langford is graduating. It's an up and coming program with a lot of young dudes on their team, but there is some buzz around the team. I like that," said Austin.

A change of scenery has not slowed down Austin's game. He is currently averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds a game for a team that is 15-1 overall.

"My training is going really well and I'm just getting ready for college. My explosion has really got better," said Austin. "I have definitely tried to work on my midrange jumper. I'm trying to get my game more versatile. I'm also working on passing out of the post. I have added a no look."

Austin already knows the TCU campus very well. While at the Dallas God Academy, he was able to make it to Fort Worth a few times.

"I have been there (TCU) three or four times. It's great. I have been to some games and have also gone to their open gym. It's really nice and I like it there," said Austin.

If and when Waverly Austin commits to TCU, BigPurpleNation.com will be the first to know it. Check back for updates throughout the coming months.


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