Auguste's recruitment picking up

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein checks in today on his recruiting blog with New Hampton junior forward Zach Auguste, who has been attracting the eye of a handful of Division 1 college coaches this week.

Most notably, Finkelstein writes, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett and his staff arrived on the New Hampton, N.H. campus last Friday at 6 a.m. to watch the 6-foot-9 Marlborough native work out. Auguste, who transferred to New Hampton last year from Marlborough (Mass.) High and repeated his junior year, currently holds six scholarship offers: Boston College, DePaul, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Penn State and Wake Forest.

"I haven't seen any campuses yet," Auguste told Finkelstein. "I'm going to wait until the fall to do anything but I'll have a decision before the season starts."

Auguste has seen his lanky, raw potential turn some heads in his first season with the Huskies, who advanced to the NEPSAC Class AAA Finals this season. As Finkelstein writes:

Auguste is a long and athletic forward who has started to turn raw potential into more consistent production within the last year. The latest in a long line of skilled big men to come through the Mass Rivals AAU program, he was groomed by coach Vin Pastore to follow in the footsteps of guys like Michigan's Evan Smotrycz and Wake Forest's Carson Desrosiers, who were big but nonetheless extremely skilled on the perimeter.

With that foundation already in place, Auguste arrived at the New Hampton School and began to add a low-post game under the tutelage of head coach Pete Hutchins, incorporating a jump hook into his arsenal and gaining valuable experience playing under the boards in arguably the most talent-laden league in the country.

Now, while he's still far from a finished product, Auguste shows signs of being a true mismatch forward, equally capable of scoring and rebounding in the paint as he is shooting or driving off pick-and-pop action on the perimeter.

And when you're his size and capable of doing all of those things, coaches are only all too happy to wake up early to see you work out.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's ESPN blog as well as his New England Recruiting Report.