Craig Austrie Takes Baton

David McClure is gone from Trinity Catholic, but there is another big-time D-1 player waiting in the wings to take over. Craig Austrie is hoping to keep Trinity on top.

Now that David McClure has left Connecticut for Durham, Craig Austrie's taken the baton as not only the top player at Trinity Catholic (Conn.) – but also arguably the elite player in the state.

The 6-2, 175-pound senior point guard jumped around a bit this past spring and summer with the New Jersey Panthers and then the New Jersey Sure Shots until he finally got settled with NY Bounce, where he played well in Las Vegas.

``It was kind of hard because every team I went to, the guys didn't know me so I had to establish myself," Austrie. "It was hard at first."

Austrie displayed his ability to get to the basket throughout the course of the summer. His outside shot needs to become more consistent, but it's gotten much better over the past year.

Austrie has already taken unofficial visits to UMass and St. John's, his two leaders at this point. Both, according to Austrie, have offered and both will receive official visits. He also mentioned Boston College, Providence and in-state UConn, although it's unlikely that the Huskies have the level of interest in Austrie that he has in them.

``I want to sign early, probably within the next month," said Austrie, a Bronx, N.Y. native who moved to Connecticut when he was younger.


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