Larry Austin Sr. paused.
Rattling off the list of scholarship offers his son, Larry Austin Jr., had at the moment, he didn't want to forget a school.
"I'm trying to remember all these guys," the elder Austin said with a laugh, "but I'm probably missing somebody."
The younger Austin, a junior 6-foot-1-inch, 160-pound combo guard from Springfield Lanphier (Ill.) High School who is probably a common name by now for Illinois fans, has offers from Bradley, DePaul, Iowa, Kansas State, Memphis, Missouri, Oklahoma State, SMU, Wake Forest and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
No, Illinois isn't on the list. Once a target for former head coach Bruce Weber, new head coach John Groce and staff appear to have a wait-and-see approach with how Austin's game develops.
"We stay in contact with Jamall," Austin Sr. said in reference to Illinois assistant coach Jamall Walker. "Jamall's made one visit to the gym for (Lanphier's) open gym this fall."
Plenty of other coaches have stopped by the digs of the Lions' home gymnasium just north of downtown Springfield this school year.
Two of the school that have offered him have sent their head coach to see Austin Jr. play. Wake Forest head coach Jeff Bdzelik and Weber, now at Kansas State, are among the head coaches who have dropped in, according to Austin Sr., along with Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins.
"He's being recruited by Harvard and Stanford," Austin Sr. said, "so that speaks to his academic level."
Other schools that have had staff present thus far to see Austin Jr. in person who have offered him include DePaul, Iowa and Oklahoma State. Butler, Oregon State and Florida State have also been by to check in with Austin Jr.
SMU and Kansas State are schools that didn't have particular interest in Austin last March, but since the coaching change at Illinois sent Weber to Kansas State and former Illinois assistant Jerrance Howard to SMU, those schools now factor into Austin's recruitment.
"We think coach Weber had a great staff," Austin Sr. said. "Jerrance is a real nice guy, very easily approachable. So is coach Weber. They've always been transparent with us. We wish both of them well. We don't know where Larry's recruiting will end up yet. It's still early in the stages for him."
We'll have more on Austin Jr.'s recruitment and what's he up to this weekend in Friday's blog.