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Coach Says Big Man Will Sign With Seton Hall in Spring
Paris (Texas) College coach Chuck Taylor says big man Raymon Austin will sign with Seton Hall during the spring.
“He’s going to sign with them in the late period,” Taylor told SNY.tv by phone Thursday.
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Austin verbally committed to the Pirates in August but did not sign in the fall period because he was working on his academics, Taylor said.
“He was making sure we could get his academics straight and he’s right on course,” Taylor said. “It’s the last week of exams and he’s right on course to get done.”
Austin is averaging 11 points and 9 rebounds on a team that also features Marquette signee T.J. Taylor, averaging 16 and 7.
“He’s going to be a power forward that can really rebound the basketball,” Taylor said of Austin. “He’s really athletic and strong, He will be able to bang inside, step out and shoot the 10-footer. He’s got a pretty good skillset. He’s really athletic.”
Seton Hall is not permitted to comment on any player until he signs a Letter of Intent.
Current Pirates big man Herb Pope is leading the Big East in scoring and is tied for the lead in rebounding, so there will be a huge void after he graduates.
The Pirates already have 6-9 center Gene Teague and 6-6 wing Brian Oliver in the fold, but both must sit out this season after transferring. Seton Hall also hopes 6-9 freshman big man Kevin Johnson will be eligible next year.
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