ND Forward Austin Dufault Commits to Colorado

Austin Dufault, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward from Killdeer (ND) High, has committed to Colorado, according to ECI head man Travis Kraft. Dufault had gotten recruiting interest from Minnesota, but after getting a commitment from juco forward Paul Carter, he narroiwed his list to three schools. Dufault had been interested in taking a Minnesota visit, but that never materialized.

Austin Dufault emerged as a top prospect this summer and picked the Buffaloes over Arizona State and North Dakota State. Dufault played for the ECI West Gold 17's AAU team this season in events such as the Hoosier Shootout, Kentucky Hoopfest and Reebok Summer Championship in Las Vegas.

He averaged 20 points per game in Indianapolis and Louisville and 18 per contest in "Sin City."

Dufault visited Arizona State August 31st, North Dakota State September 7th and Colorado September 21st.

ECI head man Travis Kraft said that Colorado was his top school.

"What it came down to was they played in the Big 12 conference," Kraft said.

Kraft said that Dufault's relationship with former Iowa State and NBA guard Fred Hoiberg also had an impact on the decision.

"Fred Hoiberg is married to Austin's dad's cousin. He talked to him a lot. Fred knew Colorado head coach Jeff Bzdelik (who coached in the NBA) and liked him," Kraft said.

Dufault's strong summer play opened plenty of eyes, according to Kraft.

"He really came on. People were skeptical about his toughness and quickness before seeing him."

Dufault averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocked shots per game.

Dufault led ECI West Gold to the "A" bracket finals of the Reebok tournament in Las Vegas. He finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a loss to the Oklahoma Magic 66-55. They finished 6-2 in Las Vegas.

Dufault is a good ballhandler for his size and has the ability to play both forward positions.

He posted a 26 on his ACT and a 3.8 GPA, making fully academically qualified as a freshman.

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