While the Vanderbilt Commodores have question marks at point guard for the 2016-17 season, the Commodores did find a long-term option at the position.
Xavier transfer Larry Austin told @CBSSports that he has committed to Vanderbilt. Sit one, play two. Nice get for Bryce Drew.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 18, 2016
Larry Austin Jr. played sparingly for a 28-6 Xavier team that finished the year ranked in the top 10, averaging 1.8 ppg, 1.1 rpg, and 1.1 apg in 9.8 minutes per game, but much of that had to do with the presence of Myles Davis, who emerged as one of the top point guards in the country last season.
Austin was rated as a high three-star recruit and in the top 150 nationally by both Rivals and 247 Sports out of high school, though, so the talent is there. Ironically, Austin initially signed a Letter of Intent with the school to the east before backing out after Cuonzo Martin left.
Austin will sit out the 2016-17 season and have two years of eligibility remaining. With his commitment, Vanderbilt will now have 12 players on scholarship for 2016-17; it remains to be seen if Bryce Drew will add anybody else.