UPDATE: Based on multiple conflicting sources it is uncertain whether IU has actually issued a scholarship offer as claimed by the player in the original report.
With two scholarships open for the 2019-20 roster, don’t shut the door on late additions just yet.
Indiana has reportedly offered a scholarship to class of 2019 guard Austin Van Zyl.
The 6-foot-5 prospect announced the offer on his Twitter account.
— Austin Van Zyl (@pg_austinvanzyl) June 26, 2019
Van Zyl was originally a member of the recruiting class of 2017, playing high school basketball in the US before pursuing the international route. He indicated at the time that the move overseas was intended to allow him to play a higher level of competition over the course of a longer season.
The 20-year old Van Zyl has played the last two seasons for A.S. Monaco U21 in France’s First Division, while obviously maintaining his NCAA eligibility.
In 2017-18 Van Zyl averaged 5.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game for A.S. Monaco. He shot 28.4 percent overall and 29.7 from long range.
This past season he averaged 6.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting the ball at a much worse clip. Van Zyl made just 18.1% of his shots overall, and 20.9% from three-point range.
According to a Rivals report, Van Zyl attributed those poor shooting percentages to various injuries.
The scholarship offer is interesting in light of comments made last month by head coach Archie Miller in regard to the two openings on next year’s team.
“We would only use one if it was an impactful decision,” Miller said. “We’re not going to use one just to be hasty. We’ve had all spring to evaluate things, but going into the 2020 class with some more windows to add some more bodies in that class is something that we’ve looked forward to.”
College is not the only option on the table for Van Zyl. He has been open about his desire to play in the NBA since first pursuing the international route, and it is still not clear whether he will continue to explore alternative paths in lieu of college.
It has been an unusual journey to this point. Van Zyl was born in Canada, is a citizen of South Africa, played in high school at Huntington Prep in West Virginia, and currently plays in Monaco.
Van Zyl attended York Prep in South Carolina before moving to Huntington Prep. He also has played summer ball with the Jerry Stackhouse Elite North 16U program on the Adidas Gauntlet series.
As a primary ball handler known for his passing ability, the left-handed Van Zyl would at the very least provide insurance in the event of an injury to anticipated starting point guard Rob Phinisee. The Hoosiers have no other primary ball handlers on their current 2019-20 roster.
Based on various social media reports, Van Zyl has been in contact with other schools including Vanderbilt, UCLA and Cincinnati.
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