Boise State "Perfect School" for Paris Austin

To weeks ago, Paris Austin fielded questions from students and teachers about his college plans as he walked around Bishop O'Dowd High School sporting a blue and orange Boise State sweatshirt. At the time, the 5-foot-11, 155-pound point guard from Oakland, Calif., had not made a decision yet of where he wanted to play basketball post-high school. But he felt it coming on.

Paris Austin, a three-star PG prospect, visited Boise in early September and raved about the trip. As the weeks went by, the City of Trees felt more and more like home. He finally pulled the trigger Saturday night and committed to be a Bronco.

"Boise was somewhere I could grow and develop," he said. "Coach (Leon) Rice told me they wanted me and I was a great fit. He told me they needed a point guard and I could start as a freshman. It's the perfect school for me."

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Austin had offers from Florida State, St. Mary's, Montana, Pacific, Loyola Marymount, Utah State, San Jose State, Tulsa and a recent offer from California. Tennessee was recruiting him hard, and at one point Austin was planning a visit to Knoxville, but ultimately decided against it.

"I knew I wasn't going to Tennessee," he said. "They were recruiting me hard, but it wasn't for me. St. Mary's and Montana were great, but Boise was home for me. The coaches are really good guys and I want to go there."

The family feel and coaching staff made Austin's decision easy, he said. "I have a real good relationship with Derrick Marks. Everybody in the gym loved working hard and they were a family. That is big for me. I want Boise to be my second home."

Recent Boise State commit Malek Harwell was on the same visit, and the two hit it off. Austin is excited to be able to play alongside him.

"I met Malek on the trip," he said. "He's a genuine, down-to-earth guy with a great game."

Austin is looking forward to signing his National Letter of Intent, which he hopes to do shortly.

"I believe I am going to sign in November, but I am not sure yet," he said. "That's something me and my family will talk about."

With his decision made, Austin will begin his senior season at Bishop O'Dowd and continue to prepare for his career at Boise State.

"It was a really great feeling," Austin said of committing. "Being able to have the opportunty to go to college for free and play basketball is my dream. Ever since I was a kid it was my dream. When I committed yesterday it was amazing. I'm really excited for it."

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