KNOXVILLE – Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin will now have some options at point guard when he puts together his 2014-15 lineup.
Four-star PG Larry Austin pledged to the Vols on Thursday afternoon over an impressive offer list that includes Illinois, Memphis, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Wake Forest.
The 6-1, 165-pounder from Springfield, Ill., will join 2013 incoming freshman Darius Thompson as point-guard-of-the-future options for Martin after senior Antonio Barton, a transfer from Memphis who is scheduled to enroll in August, departs following the 2013-14 campaign.
“Austin is a tough-minded point guard that can run the team, get others involved and make plays off the dribble,” ESPN.com wrote in a scouting report. “He is athletic and can finish in the lane, hit the mid-range pull up and has improved his three ball. Austin has all the tools to be a special player with continued improvement. Great upside.”