Griz Commit: Vaughn Autry


Scout.com is reporting that Wayne tinkle has landed the commitment of 6-2 (he is listed at any where from 6-0 to 6-3) combo guard Vaughn Autry of Junipero Serra high school in Gardena California. Montana Autry had previously committed to Utah State this past August.

I would like to than Kevin McCarthy of the Parsing The WAC Blog for helping me with this post. Kevin is the go to guy for everything concerning the WAC.

According to multiple sources Autry was offered by Utah State’s Stew Morrill and shortly there after accepted and committed to Utah State for the coming season. At the time he was also considering an offer from Cal. State Northridge. Some times in the past few weeks Utah State received a commit from a highly ranked shooting guard also from California, and then rescinded their offer to Autry. By this time Autry’s offer from Northridge had also dried up as they had filled that spot also. I can not confirm but I have gotten some indications from a source that Morrill may have had something to do with him considering Montana.

As a footnote, I know prospects do this type of thing to coaches all the time, but coaches are giving their professional word when the offer and accept a commit, and that should mean something. I would also like to say of all of the Griz coaches over the past 30+ year Stew Morrill is the coach I have respected and know personally the best.

Anyway Utah State’s loss is definitely Montana gain.

When one refers to a basketball player as a combo guard usually what comes to mind most often is a guard who is a tweener. That meaning maybe a little too short play the shooting guard spot and not does not have the ball skills to be a true point guard. A guard stuck some where in-between. Aurty though is a combo guard in the true sense of the term. A player who can play, the point guard spot and the shooting guard spot, no compromises. He has very good ball skills, good size (and growing), and he can shoot the ball.

Last season for Junipero Serra high school he averaged 16 points(actually I have seen his points listed any where from 15 -17 points a game), 6 assist and 3 steals a game and was named All-CIF I-AA first team as well as the Wave (newspaper) second team all area team.

Scout.com gives him a single star rating

Californiapreps.com (part of the Rivals.com network) had this evaluation of Autry late this past August from the End of the Summer Tourney

Vaughn Autry 6’2″ G 2010 Gardena Serra (Inglewood F. Hoops #1)
Combo guard…handles well enough to play the 1, shoots well enough to play the 2. Good 3-pt shooter. Good on-ball defender. Committed to Utah State.

ESPN gave him a rating of 79 and ranked him as the #117 guard in the country and had this evaluation.


August, 2009: Autry has improved each and every season and the proof is that he is headed to Utah State after his senior season. He is far from a true point guard at this stage, but he has a terrific frame, solid speed and quickness, and plays extremely hard. He loves to push it in transition and has improved with his decision-making, although he needs to continue to progress in that area before he heads to play for the Aggies. In transition he has the athleticism to get to the rim, but he does have a tendency to force it into traffic and become turnover prone. He can knock down the 3-point shot, but he’ll need to get more consistent in that area. Although Autry isn’t a true point guard (work on game management) yet, he has the upside (length and skill) to become a very solid player in the WAC.

Prior to narrowing his choices to Utah State, and Northridge, Autry was also considering offers from Lamar, Iowa and U of Portland among other. I am not sure who may have been involved on the second go around.


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