Providence Friars add No.61 rated senior
Ed Cooley and his Providence staff continue to add quality talent to the fold with the signing of our No.61 senior 6-6 Brandon Austin from Philadelphia, PA Imhotep Charter School according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Providence won out because of playing time; my positioning in their system,” Brandon Austin told the Philadelophia Inquirer. “I really like Coach Cooley and his staff. I like the trust and belief they have in me. Also, the players were telling me I could go up there and be part of the best backcourt in the nation.”
He chose the Providence Friars over Connecticut and Texas.
He will join 6-3 point guard Kris Dunn and 6-6 wing Ricky Ledo in the Frairs perimeter offense. If all three are still still on campus next year, they will form one of the nation’s best perimeter/back court trios, that is for sure.
Austin is an aggressive drive and finish wing who can score from arc with jumper or his length at the rim versus contact. He has the ball skills to play the two or three spots and showed with team Philly this past summer that he can guard either back court spot. He is a winner who led Imhotep Charter to the state title scoring 13 points, grabbed 13 boards and handed out 4 assists in a 56-54 overtime win over Beaver Falls. If either Ledo or Dunn head to NBA, he gives Coach Cooley an immediate replacement, especially for Ledo, to keep the Friars contending for first division finishes in the Big East and trips to the NCAA.
He also joins 6-6 wing Rodney Bullock in the Friars Class of 2013 this fall.