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Monday / April 22.
  • Brandon Austin Talks Texas Visit

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    Former Penn State commit Brandon Austin took his third straight official visit this weekend, following up trips to Providence and UConn with a visit to Texas.

    “It was a good visit,” Austin told SNY.tv. “I liked the campus, the team, the coaching staff and the strength and conditioning coach.”

    The 6-foot-5 Austin considers himself a point guard but can play both guard spots. He said Texas is looking at him as a possible replacement for point guard Myck Kabongo, the former St. Benedict’s Prep and Findlay Prep star.

    “They just said htey need a big guard like me,” Austin said of his conversation with head coach Rick Barnes.

    “Usually when teams make a run for the national championship they have big guards so they said could use me in that type of way.”

    Austin said he knows Texas sophomore forward Jaylen Bond, a fellow Philadelphian.

    “We played against each other in some pickup games,” he said.

    Austin said he’s still considering UConn, Providence, Temple, Xavier, Florida and UCLA along with Texas.

    “I don’t have anything scheduled right now,” he said, adding that he needed a break after three straight visits.

    As for when he might commit, Austin said,  “Basically going on a feeling. Whenever I feel it’s the right time.”

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    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.

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