February 17, 2014

Heels interest high in Grandstaff

Last week, Oklahoma State lost it's prized recruit from the class of 2015 as Rockwall (Tex.) junior SG Austin Grandstaff made his intentions known to reopen his recruitment. Bad news for the Cowboys, but great news for the rest of the country. Especially programs searching for a backcourt scorer who can shoot the basketball at a high level.

The 6-5 combo guard tells TarHeelIllustrated.com that several schools have already reached out to show interest in the high scoring prospect. One of them is the North Carolina Tar Heels.

"UNC has reached out," said Grandstaff. "I've just heard from Coach (Hubert) Davis. He said he's going to get down to a game and wanted to know if I was interested in them and that they're interested in me."

The Dallas-area junior says that he told the UNC assistant that he would definitely be interested in being recruited by the ACC power, but that he's going to take things slower this time around.

"I'm interested in them right now, but I'm not going to narrow my list down for awhile. I'm open to anyone as of now," he continued.

He says that he's heard from a lot of schools since the news broke of his commitment.

"Same schools that were recruiting me as before and Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, UNLV and Texas too."

Arizona, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M were involved before his original verbal pledge to the Oklahoma State program.

On the court, there is a lot to like about the 32nd rated prospect in the country. First off, he's an advanced ball-handler who plays with a swagger to his game. He can create his own shot off the dribble and has the size and quickness to get where he wants on the court. His best move might be a pull-up jumper off the bounce. He can play both guard positions at 6-5 and has very good vision as a passer on the move.

His range as a shooter is quite impressive, but he's more of a scorer than a shooter. He is definitely a guy who can put points on the board.

There's nothing more evident in his ability to score than being the leading scorer in the entire state of Texas at the 5A level.

"I'm leading Texas in scoring and I had 51 points yesterday. I think I'm averaging like 27.5 or 28 points per game," he said.

Scoring isn't the only thing that Grandstaff excels at -- he's also grabbing eight rebounds per game and dishing out four assists per contest. His squad is 16-11 this season and 8-4 in conference play.

So as for now, the class of 2015 has another high-scoring combo guard on the market. And since UNC is in need of one from this class, Grandstaff is definitely one to watch.

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