No Pressure For Grandstaff

Austin Grandstaff- 2015

College coaches are recruiting players at a younger age than ever before and Austin Grandstaff is no exception.

Sunday evening, Grandstaff, a 6’4” shooting guard from Plano, Texas announced his commitment to Oklahoma State.  Grandstaff is currently ranked 52nd overall for the class of 2015. 

Some people may argue that it is unwise to commit to a school two years in advance, but for Grandstaff, it was an easy decision.  After two unofficial visits, Grandstaff made his decision based off of the superior facilities and his relationship with head coach Travis Ford. 

Grandstaff also had offers from Marquette, Texas A&M, SMU and Arizona.  

Now that Grandstaff is set on being a Cowboy, he can focus on developing his game and enjoying the upcoming AAU season without the pressure to impress college coaches. 

The major benefit of an early commitment is the time allowed to build a strong player-coach relationship before the commit arrives on campus.  Grandstaff will be able to tailor his game based on the expectations of Ford, ensuring that his skill set is up to par before arriving. 

Grandstaff is already considered one of the top shooting guards in his class, but plans to continue to expand his game.  He is consistent from long range but also has the ability to put the ball on the floor.  His high basketball IQ will come in handy as he progresses into the college game and relies on reading screens to get open looks. 

In the past the Cowboys have effectively utilized shooters within their system, another factor in Grandstaff’s decision. 

The Plano West High School rising junior is relieved that recruiting process has ended and he can enjoy playing the game he loves without any pressure.