Despite his 6’9″ frame and initial reputation as one of the nation’s top young big men, Austin Colbert has been able to develop at his own pace in the relative shadows of his older St. Patrick’s (NJ)teammates, Kyrie Irving and Michael Gilchrist. This spring, he has started to take the initiative and justify his early rep by playing harder and more consistently than he has in the past. His improved conditioning helped Colbert and his Team Final teammates win the recent 16U Championship at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest, where they had to battle through two difficult Sunday games, including a quadruple overtime semi-final win against Garner Road. In the semi-finals, the Chesapeake, Virginia native scored seventeen points. The articulate and amiable Colbert followed it up with twelve in a 65-61 Championship game win over CIA Bounce, using his relative mobility and basketball IQ to shut down 7’2″ Sim Bhullar.
After the game, we caught up with Austin Colbert to discuss, amongst other things, his self-assessment, the latest in his recruitment, and the recent change in long-standing leadership at his current high school.
How do you feel you’ve played, both from a team and an individual basis, so far?
As far as the team, we play team basketball. I think we’ve listened to our coach (Rob Brown) and he’s given us really good guidance and good direction. He’s helped
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