The Peach Jam, thus far, is filled with talented prospects that Memphis could possibly snatch up. Coach Pastner has great options at every position. Well, Larry Austin Jr. would make a great choice at the point guard position. The St. Louis Eagles star is showing out at the Peach Jam and Memphis has definitely took notice of the 6-1 guard.
Last December, Austin (6-1, 190) took an unofficial visit to Memphis when they played against the Louisville Cardinals. He realized that the Tigers could be a great fit for him after a buzzer-beating 67-64 win against Team Penny on Saturday morning in the Nike Elite Youth Invitational Peach Jam at the Riverview Park and Activities Center.
“I like Memphis,” said Austin. “They have a good coach — a good, young coach. They like to get up and down and he develops his players, you know.”
Besides Memphis, Austin is also considering SMU, West Virginia, Stanford, Florida State, DePaul and others.
The native from Lanphier, Ill., looked great against Team Penny. In the first half, he was not looking too well but in the second half things got going for him. He became more aggressive and went on a attack mode. He gave his team the lead with over 10 seconds remaining with an floater in the lane.
He finished the game with 15 points and three assists.
“Our coach told me about not being aggressive enough,” said Austin. “He told me I can’t let our team lose. We’d worked too hard to come this far and lose. At the end of the game, I just decided I had to take over and put points on the board and score for the team, in addition to getting guys open and creating shots for them.”
Austin is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com. He has also been looking at the fact that Memphis is trying to recruit Cliff Alexander. Alexander is ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the country by ESPN.com. The two are teammates on the USA U18 3-on-3 team, which will start back next month for the USA Basketball national championship.
Alexander mentioned last week that he will take an official visit to Memphis in October when Memphis Madness takes place.
“It sparks my interest, definitely,” said Austin. “He’s a threat down low.”
Memphis will need to hurry up and recruit some guards because of what they will be losing after next season. Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, and Geron Johnson will be graduating so, Pastner and his coaching staff will have to be on their A-game. Austin is the eye visioned,floor general point guard that Memphis needs.
Larry Sr., Austin’s father, said the Tigers’ consistent presence throughout his son’s recruitment makes a big difference.
“It means a whole lot to the family, especially him, because you’re talking about relationships,” said Austin Sr. “He wants to play for someone he can trust and who care about winning. The fact that Memphis was there early … will weigh heavily into the decision.”
I received this information from the Commercial Appeal.