Grace Prep 7-footer attracting college interest

Arlington Grace Prep’s Isaiah Austin is on track to be the Dallas/Fort Worth area’s most highly recruited boys basketball player in two years time.

The 7-0, 200-pound Austin, a native of Los Angeles who now resides in Mansfield, will be a junior this fall.

Grace Prep is a Class 4A member of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools organization.

ESPNU’s Super 60 ranks Austin No. 7 nationally in the Class of 2012 in what is being touted as the year of the bigs with seven of the top 10 either centers or power forwards.

ESPNU’s scouting report of Austin:

Despite being ranked No. 7 overall and the fifth big in the Super 60, Austin has the most potential. His combination of size, skills and upside are unmatched in this class, if he lives up to his potential. Austin is comfortable shooting out to 17 feet and is the best shot-blocker in the class. His size allows him to score over anybody and he rebounds inside and outside of his area. The one knock on him is that he has to get stronger.

Colleges Austin is said to be considering include Kansas, Baylor, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Georgetown.

As a sophomore, Austin helped Grace Prep reach the TAPPS state tournament, where it lost in the semifinals.

Austin’s father, Alex, played basketball professionally. Isaiah's 6-10 uncle, Ike Austin, played for eight NBA teams over the course of 11 seasons from 1991-2002.