Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Penn State Decommit Brandon Austin Is a Popular Guy
Ever since decommitting from Penn State last week, Brandon Austin has been a very popular guy.
His Team Philly coach, Lonnie Lowry, said Baylor, UCLA, Maryland, Georgetown, Marquette and Florida have been heavily involved with the 6-foot-6, 175-pound small forward out of Philly Imhotep Charter since his decommitment.
“Those schools have all really, really, really showed the most interest, so it’s going to be up to him to pick a few schools that he wants to go ahead and visit,” Lowry told SNY.tv. “Maryland and Georgetown are pretty close [to Philly].”
Austin himself mentioned a slew of other schools that showed interest, including Ohio State, Kentucky, UConn, Temple, Syracuse, Rutgers, Xavier and Tennessee.
“I’m going to sort that out next week,” Austin said of his list. “I want to visit Syracuse, Florida, Georgetown and UCLA.”
Austin said his decommitment was not related to the Penn State football scandal and that he’s in no rush to make a decision.
“I just wanted to take my time and look at some other schools,” he said.
Penn State, meantime, landed a commitment Saturday from 6-10 Julian Moore of Germantown (Pa.) Academy. Moore chose the Lions over VCU, Temple and Villanova, among others.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.