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Decision coming soon for Philly four-star

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The visits have been taken and the information has been gathered. Now all four-star prospect Brandon Austin has to do is make a decision.
A one-time commitment to Penn State, the 6-foot-6 senior at Philadelphia (Pa.)Imhotep has been busy taking visits and from the sounds of it he will likely sign early.
"I think he will sign early," Austin's summer coach Lonnie Lowry of Philly's Finest told Rivals.com. "He took three officials to Texas, Connecticut and Providence and I'm guessing he won't take anymore visits.
"He talked about maybe visiting Georgetown but I think he would have said he wanted to by now. So I would guess he's figuring to decide from the three he visited."
Austin is one of the more versatile players in the class of 2013 and each of the schools recruiting him sees him playing anywhere from the point to small forward. Lowry took some time to explain what his player likes about each program.
Texas: "It's Texas. They have tradition. He likes coach Barnes and there's another kid from the area down there in Jalen Bond. He would have a chance to play a lot down there. He really likes that situation."
UConn: "The tradition is there no doubt. They have had lots of pros and coach Ollie has been cool with him. I really think it's more the tradition, he's like "Oh, it's UConn.". I think the kid just likes them because it's familiar and it's the Big East."
Providence: "Coach Cooley is doing his thing and he's a good dude. We've known coach Simon forever, he recruited one of my players at Toledo like eight years ago. I think the style of play and the point guard position is a fit. Even if they have Ricardo Ledo and Kris Dunn there they can play those guys one, two, three. It could end up a better situation if he's playing with those two guys."
Currently ranked No. 73 in the 2013 Rivals150 as the No. 14 overall small forward, Austin has generated significant buzz this fall. Also, he could be due for a position switch from small forward to point guard and is really starting to apply himself.
"He's super talented and probably hasn't worked as hard as he needed to or should have in the past," said Lowry. "This summer he got more aggressive and started being the kid we thought he could be.
"A lot of guys can't stay in front of him. This summer he demolished guys and this was the first time we really saw him play like that."
With his game headed in the right direction and options he finds suitable, Austin just needs to make a choice. Odds are that choice comes sooner than later.
"I think he's going to make his decision soon," said Lowry. "I would say that a decision is coming in the next few days."
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