Eliite Youth Basketball League standout Larry Austin Jr. has proven to be one of the premier point guards on the circuit.
Standing at 6-foot-1, Austin plays with a tenacity and physicality that helps him play bigger than his size. With offers from Oklahoma State, Missouri, Illinois Memphis, Stanford and Florida State, high-major colleges have definitely taken note of Austin's on-court passion and leadership.
Alec Kinsky got a chance to catch up with the talented guard at the fourth session of the 2013 EYBL in Minneapolis, Minn. Here's what he had to say:
Q. What's the major difference between playing in the EYBL and high school?
A. Oh it’s a battle every game you know. You gotta come out and play every game, you can’t take no days off. In high school, you can take games off, sometimes plays off. But in the EYBL, you can’t take no games off and no plays off.
Q. You're used to being the best player on the court in high school, does the increased competition keep you on your toes?
A. Yeah here you gotta be on your toes. You gotta be on your A-game every game, gotta bring it every game. As well as your teammates, you gotta bring it on both ends of the court both offensively and defensively.
Q. What have you had to adapt to playing in the EYBL that was different than high school?
A. You know the physicalness you know. In high school they call all the tick-tack fouls you know, but here they don’t call anything. You gotta be fast and strong to get to the basket. You gotta be a big guard to attack the basket. You gotta be athletic as well you know, because everybody in the gym can jump. So you gotta be athletic and ... when you get around the basket, dish it off, float it, or go all the way.
Q. Which college interest you the most? Any favorites?
A. I like all my schools that are recruiting me right now. I have Oklahoma State, Missouri, Illinois, Memphis, Stanford, Florida State. I like all of them, really.
Q. When picking a college, what is going to be the biggest deciding factor; Academics, playing time, fitting your style of play?
A. You know it's all of those things you know, all of those things come into hand. As well as who is coming in with me as well. So everything that you said, and everyone that is coming with me as well.
Q. Who has been the best guard to match up against in the EYBL?
A. All the guards in the EYBL are good, but not sure who is the best.
Q. Who would you compare your game to in the NBA?
A. Uh my teammates say Westbrook. A lot of people say Westbrook.