Vaughn Autry 6-2 Junipero Serra high school Gardena, California
Autry had one of the more convoluted recruiting paths of any of the Montana recruits this year. Last summer during the AAU circuit he was a pretty hot commodity and was getting a lot of attention from Big Sky, Mountain West and WAC teams. When Utah State offered Autry they told him that given their graduations from this years team he had the opportunity to step in and contribute possibly start as a true freshman. Autry thought it over and went a head and committed. Jumping ahead to late October and Utah State has a change of mind and rescinds their offer. Unfortunately most of the schools who were recruiting Autry before committing to Utah State have filled their needs. Montana steps in late and Aurty sees an opportunity, much like Utah State, to contribute early in his career, and he trips to Missoula. With in the span of a week or two Autry goes from a Utah State commit to a Montana commit.
This season for Serra high school Autry averaged 16.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds. This weekend Serra will be playing for the California State Division 3 championship. Autry is the second leading scorer for Serra that features 3 senior who look to sign with D-1 programs. Autry is a very athletic player who is known as much for his defense as he is his offense. He is more of a scorer than a pure shooter as outside of 15 or so feet he is a little iffy. Instead he likes to drive to the rim, or stop up short and take the short jump shot. He is not afraid of contact and can score against bigger opponents. I had one person tell me he already has a “college player physique” which should make the transition easier to the D-1 level.
Autry is projected to play the combo guard role for the Griz, meaning a player who can play both the point and shooting guard spot, which should give the Griz some flexibility to go along with Will Cherry. On the other side of the coin the big knock in general on “combo guards” is that they usually are neither a point guard nor shooting guard. In either case Autry will need to improve his shooting range and consistency. I also think that current Griz players Stockton and Cherry may be more the prototypical point guards for the future.
I think with Autry’s athleticism and strong defensive skills will make it tough for him not to be in the mix for playing time next year. I think his skills will fit the needs the Griz will have next year. If he could develop a consistent three point shot it would be a lock.
Vaughn Autry | PG
Hometown Gardena, CA
High School Junipero Serra High School
Position rank Point Guard # 55
Weight 180 lbs.
ESPN Overall Rating 88
ESPN Point Guard Rank #55
December, 2009: Montana picked up a good one in the ultra-competitor Autry. He has a chiseled physique and can affect the game on many levels due to his strength and scoring ability. He is a strong defender who slides his feet well and has a good nose for the ball. Offensively, he can nail the jump shot in transition (off the catch) or take it to the basket utilizing his chiseled physique. He wards off would-be shot blockers very well by adjusting his shot and using his strength. Autry has great demeanor and loves to compete which should translate quite smoothly at the next level.
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.
Having gone though the recruiting process twice a lot of schools were involved with Autry, including Cal. State Northridge, Lamar, Utah State, San Diego State Portland, and Portland State to name a few.