Austin Wallace, the 6-foot-8, 210 pound power forward/center from La Salle Academy in New York, New York, has decided to continue his playing career at Pittsburgh. He joins a roster that already has a strong Big Apple presence.
"I was going to hold a press conference on Tuesday, but everybody knows," said Wallace. "The cat is pretty much out of the bag."
Wallace also seriously considered Florida Atlantic. He visited Pittsburgh within the past couple of weeks officially, and came away with a favorable impression.
"The players treated me really well," said Wallace. "I think there was some chemistry and I think we'll play well together. The coaching staff is very dedicated with their players' development and advancement."
Wallace, a 16-year-old native of the Bronx, pieced together a productive summer, splitting time with the New York Gauchos and New Heights. He also participated in the ABCD camp, where he intrigued coaches with his upside and potential.
Initially, he'll likely play a supporting role with the Panthers. "As a freshman, I'll probably play behind a guy like Aaron Gray," said Wallace. "As a sophomore, the opportunity to start will be open if I work hard and do my thing because those guys will be gone. I want to work hard and advance to the next level, both athletically and academically."
Wallace sports a lengthy frame, he runs the floor well, and he has solid hands and footwork. He should be able to add some more muscle with a college weight program. He's willing to board and mix things up inside.
Austin attended South Bronx High School as a freshman. He transferred into LaSalle as a sophomore, sitting out his sophomore season under CHSAA transfer rules, before suiting up for Coach Bill Aberer as a junior.
Austin is a personable and engaging young guy who is also a solid student. Pitt is getting a quality person, as well as a quality player.
Wallace will join fellow CHSAA alums Ronald Ramon (All Hallows), Levance Fields (Xaverian). Other Pitt players hailing from New York include Carl Krauser (The Bronx), Keith Benjamin (Mount Vernon), Tyrell Biggs (Nanuet), and John DeGroat (Newburgh).