ESPN Recruiting debuted its latest boys basketball recruiting rankings for the 2012-2014 classes, and a pair of area private school players are rated among the best of the best.
Small forward Marcus Smart, who led Flower Mound Marcus to the Class 5A state championship in March, is No. 40 in the Class 2012 rankings and remains uncommitted.
Austin, who has committed to Baylor, is among the players spotlighted in Mitch Sherman's look at how big men are dominating the 2012 rankings.
Paul Biancardi provides a scouting report for some of the top 2012 big men and had this to say about Austin:
Austin possesses a unique skill set, as he is a legitimate 7-footer with the skills of a wing player. He looks like a young Sam Bowie and has the skill package of a young Ralph Sampson. His enormous wing span makes him a rim protector, and his ball skills make him so versatile offensively. Once his body matures and accepts weight, he will be an even tougher matchup in the low post.