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Providence Lands Commitment From 2013 Forward Brandon Austin

Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

As expected, a decision came in from 2013 forward Brandon Austin on Monday afternoon.

Austin, a one-time Penn State pledge, tweeted his decision in favor of Providence. The 6-foot-6 wing forward had visited the Friars’ campus during the weekend of Oct. 12, according to ESPN.

Austin, who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, reopened his recruitment shortly after the ongoing saga that was connected to Penn State and its university this past summer. The loss for the Nittany Lions has now become Providence’s gain, as the top-100 recruit is now the second pledge for head coach Ed Cooley from the senior class.

Austin will join Rodney Bullock on campus next season. Bullock, a Virginia-native, pledged to the Friars back on Oct. 3.

While Cooley’s program is still one year away from being able to compete within the Big East Conference, the future continues to brighten for the Friars. A highly-touted class for this season took a hit a months back when news first emerged of the shoulder injury to star point guard Kris Dunn. Shortly thereafter, fellow freshman Ricky Ledo was ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA.

If Dunn and Ledo are back for next season, expectations should be through the roof for a Providence team that has not qualified for the NCAA Tournament since 2004.

A number of transfers are expected to bolster the Friars’ lineup even more in 2013-14, while a strong mix of veteran returnees could help make Providence a viable threat in the upper half of the Big East.

Austin currently attends Imhotep Charter H.S. (PA). He ran with Team Philly during his time on the AAU circuit.

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse