California added another point guard to its roster on Tuesday, bringing home former Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd floor general Paris Austin, who announced that he will transfer back home from Boise State. Austin and his parents visited Cal unofficially on Monday, according to a source close to the situation.
"Beyond thankful to come home and be able to play in front of my family. Family is everything to me," Austin said in a tweet.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1778660-reaction-paris-aus...While Austin does help bolster the position for the Bears, he won't solve Cal's immediate need of a starting point guard this year. Late 2017 signee Deschon Winston will likely compete with redshirt junior Brandon Chauca and possibly Dontae Coleman (though he profiles more as a 2-guard) for time in 2017, but Austin provides a ready-made solution at the point moving forward. Chauca sat all last season due to a broken wrist, and has seen very limited use in his two seasons on the floor in Berkeley (31 games).
Austin, an All-Academic selection in the Mountain West after his freshman year, earned All-Mountain West Honorable Mention honors after playing in all 32 games this past season, including 18 starts. He had three games with 20 or more points, scoring in double figures in 20 games.
A former teammate of NBA Draft prospect Ivan Rabb under Lou Richie at O'Dowd, Austin was a four-year letterwinner for the Dragons, and a four-star, top-100 player in the class of 2015. He was ranked the No. 16 point guard in the nation, the No. 3 point in the West and the No. 2 point in California.
Along with Rabb, Austin led Bishop O'Dowd to a No. 4 national ranking in their senior season, after wining four straight CIF North Coast Section Division III championships, and an outright Open Division state title at Haas Pavilion in March of 2015, a game which was iced by a Rabb free throw.
As a freshman in Boise, Austin played in 30 games, with three starts, scoring in double figures four times. He played in four games on the Broncos' 2016 Costa Rica foreign tour, averaging 9.8 points and 3.5 rebounds, dishing out 1.8 assists. Austin came into his own as a sophomore, averaging 28.3 minutes per game, scoring 12.3 points and pulling down 3.38 rebounds while shooting 49.1% from the field. Austin averaged 2.8 assists per game, and had 90 total on the season, turning the ball over 73 times, but swiping 20 steals.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Austin is a knock-down free throw shooter, getting to the line 165 times last season and hitting 126 (76.4%), but he hasn't proven to be a major threat from beyond the arc, at least in college, shooting just 23.2% over the last two seasons.