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Coming out of the "A" Division in New York City's CHSAA, one notch below the Rices and Christ the Kings, La Salle Academy's Austin Wallace hasn't gotten the same amount of exposure as some of his peers in the other division.

Just the same, college coaches are quite familiar with the 6-foot-7 1/2, 205 pound power forward/center from the Bronx, one of the city's rising big men in the class of 2006.

Austin Wallace, who transferred into Manhattan's La Salle Academy from South Bronx High School as a sophomore, sat out last season per league rules. A low post player whose biggest impact comes on the defensive end right now, he has been a valuable addition to longtime coach Bill Aberer's squad.

"He changes a lot of shots and creates a big presence defensively," said Aberer, who counts Ron Artest and former Providence point guard God Shamgod as former players. "He blocks shots and he rebounds."

Wallace has good length, runs the floor, and possesses decent timing on the defensive end. He has pretty good hands and solid footwork. He can be foul-prone, at times. He has a good amount of upside.

Among the schools who have shown interest in Wallace include St. John's, Fordham, and Rutgers. St. John's has been in to evaluate him this season.

Austin plays with the New York Gauchos on the AAU circuit.

An engaging young guy, Wallace is a strong student who carries an 89 average. He has scored 1250 on the PSAT.

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