2023 guard Austin Ball is leaving West Virginia to finish his high school career, moving from Man High School in Man, West Virginia to the Miller School of Albermarle in Charlottesville, Virginia. However, with an offer from West Virginia, there’s a chance he could wind up back in West Virginia before too long.
Ball (6-foot-7, 185 pounds) led Man to a Single-A West Virginia state championship last season, averaging 20.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 53% from the field, 29% from 3-point range and 68% from the free-throw line. Transferring to the Miller School, Ball re-classified and is now considered a prospect from the class of 2023 with seasons of high school left.
With the offer from WVU, which is something he said he’s been dreaming of his whole life, he’s picked up six Division I offers in the past month. Drexel, Fairfield, Marshall, Radford and Stetson have all offered Ball since May 24th.
“[The recruiting process has] been good,” Ball told West Virginia Sports Now. “It’s really treated me well, and everything is starting to come together now. All this stuff I did in the summer.”
Ball hopes to make it out to Morgantown later this fall, but in the meantime, the next team on his list is Maryland. He’s visiting Maryland Thursday, and with contact with a couple of schools, there could be more visits on the horizon. As a recruit in the class of 2023 now, he said his commitment is still a ways off.
WVU’s offer was a dream come true for Ball, and while his relationship with the program is OK, there isn’t a commitment close.
“I usually talk to [WVU assistant] coach [Ron] Everhart,” Ball said. “When I went on my unofficial visit, everything went pretty well. The relationship is OK; it’s nothing like me about to commit or anything, but I talk to him a lot.”
With Ball moving out of West Virginia to finish his high school career, it was kind of a coincidence to pick up the WVU so soon after. However, there is a chance he winds up back in West Virginia at some point — either with WVU or Marshall.
Whoever picks up Ball’s commitment, in the end, will be getting a tall guard with a nice shooting stroke and the ability to drive to the basket. Entering his junior season with Miller School, Ball will get to play against stronger competition and continue to refine his frame too.
2022 6’7 Guard Austin Ball puts up 38 points including 8 three’s at Big Shots Rocky Top title game. @austin_ball2 @BigShotsGlobal @JamieShaw5 @jwherron10 @Elite304Hoops @theCBGLive pic.twitter.com/nrDx7rRybP
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