Suspended guard Brandon Austin elects to leave Providence


Just two days before Christmas, Providence College announced that freshmen Brandon Austin and Rodney Bullock, who were suspended prior to the start of the season, would remain suspended for the remainder of the season due to a violation of the school’s Code of Conduct. With that ruling being handed down, the two freshmen had a decision to make: either remain in school (they would be allowed to work out with the team) or transfer to another institution.

According to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal, Austin has decided to transfer. A highly regarded perimeter prospect from Philadelphia, Austin was expected to be an immediate contributor for Ed Cooley’s Friars. And with Kris Dunn out for the season due to a shoulder injury, Austin would have been of even greater help to a rotation that has relied heavily on senior Bryce Cotton thus far.

“We wish Brandon success with his basketball career and with his academic future,” Cooley said in the school release announcing Austin’s departure.

McNamara’s story also mentioned a couple possible destinations for the 6-foot-6 guard:

Word from several Philadelphia basketball sources is that Austin’s advisors were calling other schools early last month as PC’s administration weighed its decision. Penn State, Oregon and Temple are a few of the schools being mentioned as potential landing spots.

Austin was originally gave a verbal commitment to Penn State in February 2012, only to change his mind five months later. Bullock has remained with the team and is working out in hopes of being ruled eligible to play next season.