After a couple weeks of speculation, Dana Altman's basketball team today added a commitment from Junior College transfer, Waverly Austin. Austin is a 6'11 junior with two years of eligibility who figures to see playing time right away. He had previously committed to the University of South Florida but was deemed academically ineligible after some of his junior college credits failed to transfer. Oregon immediately came into the mix due to the fact that they start the school year later than most universities.
Austin is just the latest in a suddenly long line of talented junior college players that Dana Altman has recruited to Eugene. He is long, tall, athletic, and very talented on both sides of the ball, averaging 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.9 blocked shots last year for Palm Beach State College. He figures to make an impact immediately at a position of need for the Men's basketball team. Austin could serve as a backup to Tony Woods or share the floor with him at the power forward spot.
Matt Prehm of 247Sports spoke with Austin after his commitment:
"Basically, everyone who was somebody was calling me," said Austin Wednesday night. "It was over 30 schools that called and recruited me."
Austin formed a support group consisting of his mother, brother, and AAU coach to weed through all the new schools and in the end came out with two schools he wanted to look at.
"We talked on the phone for three hours and broke it all down," says Austin. "We looked at what would be the best decision for me. Essentially it came down to just Xavier and Oregon."
"We compared both of them together and Oregon was the best situation for me and my future," Austin said.
Widely considered one of the top 5 junior college players in the country, Austin plans to fly to Eugene today (Thursday) to enroll in classes and begin to get to know his new coaches and teammates.