Augustin Down to Three

Playing in his first game in two weeks due to a virus, D.J. Augustin helped to lead his New Orleans Jazz team to an opening round victory over the Connecticut Basketball Club Friday night at the Tournament of Champions. Afterwards, Augustin spoke with about his recruitment and how things stand for the 6' point guard.

"I was a little raggedy, but this is my first game coming after not playing basketball two weeks," D.J. Augustin said of his performance on Friday night. "I'm not going to use that as an excuse, but I'm just learning some new guys – we've got several new players and have someone new every tournament. As a point guard, I've got to work on getting everyone involved."

While Augustin hopes to lead his New Orleans Jazz team late into the playoffs at the Tournament of Champions, he knows that this tournament also gives him a chance to improve his game. "My perimeter skills. I want to work on my midrange jumpshot," Augustin noted, "so I can get in the lane. Going in the lane there are big guys are getting to me and hurting me so I'm working on my midrange jumpshot, the stop and pop."

As for his schools, three schools current stick out for the Louisiana point guard. Augustin is currently listing LSU, Texas, and Wake Forest and is in the process of setting up visits to each school.

"My dad talked to Skip Prosser the other day about a visit, I don't know when we're going to do it because I haven't talked to him yet," Augustin said. "Texas, I think we're going to go this month. LSU, I can go anytime."

With just three schools remaining, Augustin has a firm grasp on what he likes about each program. "With Wake Forest I like that Chris Paul is gone and the point guard position is open and Skip Prosser told me if I come in I can take over and create for the team. Texas, the point guard runs a lot of screen and rolls and that's what I do. LSU, [I've got friends on the team] so that helps them."

While some believe that it will be very tough to pull Augustin out of the state, he notes that he has to do what is best for him. "It's not really any pressure, a lot of people want me to stay, but I've got to do what's best for me. I've got to find somewhere with a good education, a family environment, and somewhere I'll feel welcome." Augustin notes that he plans to take his time in making a decision but that he has no real timeframe at this point as to when he will definitely have a final choice.

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