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Vanderbilt grants releases for reserve guards Willis, Austin
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has granted releases to reserve guards Payton Willis and Larry Austin Jr., freeing up a couple scholarships for coach Bryce Drew.

Basketball spokesman Andy Boggs confirmed a report Wednesday that both players had been granted releases.
A sophomore, Willis started 16 of his 66 games with the Commodores, and he averaged 5.1 points and 1.4 assists this season.

Austin averaged 2.5 points and 1 assist in 23 games this season for Vanderbilt after transferring from Xavier. Austin is on track to graduate in May, making him eligible to play elsewhere immediately as a graduate transfer.
Vanderbilt's 2018 recruiting class currently is rated eighth nationally by with Drew among those hoping to sign guard Romeo Langford who has yet to commit.