A little over two months after he received an offer, Austin Grandstaff committed to Ohio State on his official visit Sunday.
I have Committed to THE Ohio State University #BuckeyeNation— Austin Grandstaff (@AustinGstaff1) May 4, 2014
Grandstaff, on his only scheduled visit, announced his commitment via his Twitter account. Buckeyes assistant coach Jeff Boals confirmed in his usual, cryptic way:
BOOM!!!!! Great Day today! #Buckeyes— Jeff Boals (@JeffBoals) May 4, 2014
The 6-foot-5-inch, 190 pound guard joins fellow Texan Mickey Mitchell and point guard A.J. Harris as the third member of Thad Matta's 2015 recruiting class.
"I just loved the people there," Grandstaff told Eleven Warriors. "The relationships are great."
The Austin Grandstaff File
- Size: 6-5/190
- Pos: G
- School: Rockwall (Rockwall, Texas)
- Composite Rating: ★★★★
- Composite Rank: 36 (Overall), 5 (SG)
Grandstaff's visit to Columbus included an encounter with former Buckeye point guard Aaron Craft. Grandstaff's father told Eleven Warriors about his son's admiration for Craft.
"Austin likes watching Craft play," Wes Grandstaff said, in February. "They were at the LeBron James Camp together, this year, and we enjoyed watching him play over the last few years."
Austin re-opened his recruitment after de-committing from Oklahoma State in the early part of February. He shortly received offers from Ohio State, Arizona, Florida, Iowa State, Michigan and Virginia, among others.
What drew him to the Buckeyes is his fit in Thad Matta's system.
"We really like Coach Matta's style of play, his players seem to play with quite a bit of freedom," Wes said. "Austin can push it and make plays off the dribble or he can come off screens. He has a high basketball IQ, knows how to read defenses really well and good with the pick and roll."
As Austin told SNY.tv, Matta likes his versatility. Austin can play multiple positions, both on-ball or spreading the floor off of it.
"He could use me coming off stagger screens or in ball-screen situations," Austin said. "He said he just needs me to score."
Here is Austin displaying his all-around game in a 51 point effort for his Rockwall High School squad (via @BradBallisLife):