ESPN 100 forward Austin joins Friars

Providence College picked up an important commitment from ESPN 100 swingman Brandon Austin (Philadelphia/Imhotep Charter) Tuesday night. Austin will now try to sign his national letter of intent before the conclusion of the early signing period this week.

“I think it’s a good fit, to go right in and play under Coach Cooley,” Austin said. “Teaming up with Ricky Ledo and Kris Dunn, I think we could be a force in the backcourt.”

Ledo and Dunn were the pillars of Cooley’s first recruiting class at Providence, which was ranked sixth in the country last year. Nevertheless, both players have yet to make their college debuts as Ledo was ruled a partial qualifier by the NCAA and Dunn is out with a shoulder injury.

Austin took his first official visit to Providence in mid-October and while he has since visited Connecticut and Texas, the conversations he had with Ledo and Dunn stuck with him.

“Basically we were saying that we could work around each other and hopefully have one of the best backcourts in the country,” Austin said.

That mix will also include current Friar freshman swingman Josh Fortune, who is averaging just under nine points per game in his first five contests.

Austin becomes the second player to commit to Providence in the class of 2013, joining Fortune’s high school teammate and 6-foot-7 combo-forward Rodney Bullock (Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan), who signed his NLI last week.

The 6-foot-7 Austin is a long, athletic and versatile perimeter threat who is capable of playing and defending all three perimeter positions.

He initially committed to Penn State in February of his junior season but opted to re-open his recruitment this past July. Austin made his ESPN 100 debut only weeks later following impressive showings at the Reebok Breakout Camp as well as on the travel circuit with Team Philly.