USF Head coach Stan Heath's has a reputation for attracting big men, and on Saturday he landed another as 6-10 center Waverly Austin, one of the top junior college prospects in the country chose to play for the Bulls.
Austin averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game playing as a freshman at Palm Beach State, and was considered by many one of the top JUCO postmen in the country.
“I had a great visit and committed to USF tonight,” said Austin. “I chose them because have a great relationship with the coaching staff. They stayed on me the whole time, showed me a lot of love, and I feel like they’re a family there and I’m very comfortable with them..”
Austin was a highly regarded high school post player and actually signed a letter of intent with the Bulls in 2009, but due to numerous high schools, he didn’t qualify for initial eligibility and had to take the JUCO route. As a freshman at Palm Beach State, Austin averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks per game this year while shooting 59 percent from the field and 82 percent from the free throw line and was one of the most sought after JUCO post players in the 2012 class. Austin had heavy interest from top programs all over the country, but narrowed things down to USF, North Carolina, Kansas, Florida, and Miami, before re-committing to the Bulls.
“They’ve done so much and have awesome top of the line new facilities, the campus is great and I love Tampa,” said Austin. “They have a lot of good players coming in and I really feel that USF is going to be coming up and make some noise.”
One of those players’ is another highly regarded JUCO prospects Musa Abdul-Aleem, who Austin has become close with.
“Yeah I’ve been talking with Musa for awhile and he’s excited too,” said Austin. “We’re probably going to be roommates and we’re ready to come in and help this program. We’re both very excited about the future.”
Austin is excited to have made an early decision and is looking forward to his future as a Bull.
“I feel very comfortable and happy with my decision. Now I can concentrate on the season and school and I’m excited,” said Austin. “I’m ready to come and contribute right away. I can’t wait to get there.”
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