Thursday, January 31, 2013
Austin's draft stock
By Luke Lapinski
Isaiah Austin is making a pretty steady climb up a couple major lists right now. He arrived at Baylor as the No. 3 recruit in the 2012 class, then started out his college career in relatively unspectacular fashion. He wasn't bad by any means, but other freshmen around the nation were stealing the headlines. Now, he's making a strong case to be discussed among the very best first-year players in college basketball.
Last night against Oklahoma, the skilled big man poured in 19 points and hauled down 20 rebounds, giving him his eighth double-double of the year -- and the third in his last four outings. He likely won't catch Anthony Bennett or Ben McLemore for Freshman of the Year honors, but he's delivering on the potential he showed in high school and making a name for himself around the country. He's also helping his NBA draft stock quite a bit. Our own Chad Ford slots him in at No. 13 on his most recent big board, meaning Austin still has a shot to go in the lottery -- and is in great shape to be a mid- first round selection at the very least.