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MACK ON AUSTIN: "Larry is a very tough minded, charismatic leader at the point guard position. He plays the game to make his teammates better and excels in the open court. He is a competitor on both ends of the floor and we're excited about what he brings to Xavier Basketball. Larry is known for his toughness and will be a great fit for our program."
AT LANPHIER HIGH SCHOOL: 2014 Class 3A unanimous First Team All-State selection by the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times ... Averaged 22.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.2 steals as a senior, while shooting 38 percent from 3-point territory and 73 percent from the free-throw line ... Led his team to a 27-2 overall record, including a 25-0 start that set a new record for both the school and the entire city ... Conference Player of the Year ... earned MVP honors at three in-season tournaments: Dekatur Turkey Tourney, Pekin Holiday Tournament and Highland Optimist Shootout ... At Highland he led the team to a win over national-ranked and eventual Missouri state champion Christian Brothers College High School ... 2013 Class 3A Second Team All-State selection as a junior ... Honor Roll Student at Lanphier in addition to earning Lanphier's Good Citizenship Award ... Basketball coach: Blake Turner.
TURNER ON AUSTIN: "A hard-working, committed player who prided himself in being first at everything we did from weight room to drills to running to games. He is one of the top defenders in his class at his position nationally and he is a very vocal leader."
HIGHLY RANKED: Ranked as a three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Scout.com and rivals.com ... Regarded by 247sports.com as the No. 108 overall prospect (No. 22 point guard) and by the rivals site as a three-star recruit and the No. 117 prospect in the 2014 national rankings ... ESPN lists Austin as the No. 24 point guard and Scout.com has him at No. 29.
USA BASKETBALL: Received an invitation to the prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp, along with being named a member of the 2011 USA U16 National Team ... His U16 team compiled a 5-0 record, captured the FIBA Americas Championship gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship ... Started all five games for the U16 Team, averaging 7.2 ppg. and ranked third among all tournament leaders in assists with 4.4 apg.
PERSONAL: Undecided on a major ... parents are Larry Austin and Christa Austin ... siblings are Terrian, Trinere, Tiera, Deandre, and Nick ... born February 18, 1996 in Springfield, Ill.