Austrie Still Has UCONN On His List

Connecticut will likely keep an eye on Craig Austrie this summer

The Connecticut program doesn't have many scholarships available for the 2005 class. But, like any successful program, the staff will likely keep an eye on the good instate talent to be safe.

One such player is Craig Austrie, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound combo guard from Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, Connecticut. Austrie competed this past weekend for the Rumble in the Bronx Gold Medal champion -- the New York City Bounce. "It was very competitive," Austrie said. "It was fun playing with the other guys. It all came together."

Austrie had some big games at the Rumble, including scoring 22 points to lead his team to a Saturday night pool win. Austrie plays hard on both ends of the court and can do his share of scoring baskets.

George Mason has offered him a scholarship. "I am interested in UMass, St. John's, Connecticut, Marquette, and Pittsburgh," he stated. "I am going to visit UMass and St. John's."

Austrie will participate in the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis in July.

The big question that Connecticut fans will try and ponder this summer is whether Austrie is good enough to play for a team that competes every year for a National title. Austrie will have to convince onlookers that he is capable of playing that high a level. The July evaluation period will be very important for a player like Austrie.


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