Brandon Austin visited Providence this weekend and he says head coach Ed Cooley is pitching him on becoming part of the future core of the team along with Kris Dunn and Ricky Ledo.
“It was pretty good,” the former Penn State commit told SNY.tv Sunday night.
“I liked the school, the community, the team, the coaching staff, all that.
“[Coach Cooley] said I would come right in and play up and down. Give me the ball [and] try to build a team around me and Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn.”
The 6-foot-6, 175-pound Austin is listed as a small forward, but he says he’s a combo guard who can play the point.
“I’m a point guard,” he said. “I played the wing. I’m a point guard.”
Next up is a visit to UConn this coming weekend, and Austin said the Huskies are also recruiting him as a point.
“Basically the same thing,” Austin said. “Give me the ball, come right in and play. I just gotta get more information when I visit.”
He’s not familiar with the players at UConn, though.
“I really don’t know nobody on that team,” he said “I look forward to bonding with somebody up there.”
Austin is also considering Texas, UCLA, Georgetown, Syracuse and Xavier and has no timetable on when he might commit.
“I’m not sure. yet,” he said. “It’s a feeling thing, how I’m feeling on a certain school.”
There has been some talk of Austin and fellow Philly native Rysheed Jordan going to school together, but UCLA and Syracuse are the only schools that overlap. Jordan visited Syracuse this weekend for Midnight Madness.
Lonnie Lowery, Austin’s AAU coach, recently told SNY.tv he hasn’t heard much from Syracuse and UCLA in recent weeks.
“I’m not pushing that [playing with Jordan] to be my main priority but if it happens,” Austin said, “it happens.”
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