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Projo Report: Friars May Lead for Brandon Austin

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After Brewster Academy guard Ron Patterson committed to Syracuse over the weekend, it looked as though it might be Brandon Austin or bust for Providence for the remainder of fall signing period.

The Friars are in a position they haven’t found themselves in for quite some time — recruiting from a of a position of power, specifically from the 1-3 positions where they project to feature a pair of high school All Americans (Kris Dunn, Ricardo Ledo), a Big East All Freshman team performer (LaDontae Henton), a pair of very good long range shooters (Bryce Cotton, Josh Fortune), in addition to an ACC transfer that was regarded as one of the top 75 recruits in the country just two years ago (Tyler Harris).

After adding Virginia combo forward Rodney Bullock just over a month ago the PC staff could look to be picky with their one available scholarship, with the staff narrowing their focus to Patterson and Austin.

With Patterson off the board, Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal reported tonight that Austin “just may be favoring the Providence Friars” following campus visits to PC, Connecticut and Texas.  McNamara notes that a bonus for the Friars is the staff’s willingness to let the 6’5 guard see time at point guard, where Connecticut, the other leader per McNamara, will be stocked with two very good point guards next season in Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright.

From the article:

It is nearing decision time for Brandon Austin and the highly rated guard from Philadelphia just may be favoring the Providence Friars.

Austin, a 6-5 guard from Imhotep Charter who’s helped his school to two straight PIAA state championships, is looking at PC, Connecticut and Texas. He visited all three schools on successive weekend last month and one of his advisers says Providence is in very good shape.

“Providence is very much in the mix,” said Warren Green, Austin’s AAU coach with Team Philly. “He likes Providence a lot.”

Landing Austin, the 70th ranked player in the class of 2013, would be quite an encore for Ed Cooley (and Bob Simon, who has led Austin’s recruitment) on the heels of delivering a pair of top 30 guards in Dunn in Ledo 14 months ago.  After de-committing from Penn State in the summer Austin has seen interest from college hoops powers like UCLA, Georgetown, and Connecticut and Texas.

He’d also give the Friars tremendous length in the backcourt, as both Dunn (6’3) and Ledo (6’7) have more length than PC has seen in recent seasons.

The Providence staff nudged their way back into Austin’s recruitment this fall after the Philadelphia guard had seemingly eliminated him from his final list, and by all accounts they’ve made a significant impression selling the close-knit community that exists at Providence, as well as the aforementioned playing time at point guard.

 

 

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