NEWS

Star eighth-grader to play at Bulls Training Academy

John Supinie

Springfield eighth-grader Larry Austin, who already caught the attention of recruiters from Illinois and Purdue, accepted an invitation to attend the Freshman All-America Camp at the Chicago Bulls Training Academy in Lisle in July and the Sonny Parker all-star game at Chicago Simeon High School in May.

Austin led Springfield Grant Middle School to the IESA Class 4A title. Illinois coach Bruce Weber and assistant coach Jerrance Howard attended Grant games last season. Purdue assistant Paul Lusk also made the trip to the west-side Springfield school. Austin plans to attend Springfield Lanphier High School.