Lanphier High School basketball standout Larry Austin Jr. said Wednesday night he has received a scholarship offer from Illinois coach John Groce.

CHAMPAIGN -- Maybe it was all just a matter of time.


Once again, Lanphier High School junior point guard Larry Austin Jr. has a basketball scholarship offer from the University of Illinois. After Illinois coach John Groce went to Lanphier to watch Austin during an open gym Tuesday, Austin received the  offer during a trip to the Illinois basketball office Wednesday.


Austin first became an Illini recruit as an eighth-grader at Grant Middle School, when former Illini coach Bruce Weber saw him play. Weber offered a scholarship last fall, but the process started over again after Weber was fired and replaced by Groce.


"I want to keep my options open and find the right place, but I do like Illinois,'' Austin said. "I'm excited. I get excited about all the offers.


"It doesn't speed anything up. It's another offer. They're my in-state school. I'm blessed. I have to stay humble and keep working hard.''


Finding a point guard is a priority for Groce, who wants an offense featuring multiple point guards.


So Austin added another school to a growing list. Bradley made the first scholarship offer to Austin. DePaul, Missouri, Memphis, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Iowa, Southern Methodist, Wake Forest and Wisconsin-Milwaukee also offered scholarships.


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