VIDEO: Austin Goes Off
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. -- With UCLA head coach Steve Alford in the stands to watch 2015 five-star Ivan Rabb, fellow 2015 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd prospect Paris Austin made a big impression of his own, scoring 22 points to go along with two steals, an assist, two rebounds and a block, without even playing in the fourth quarter.
"It's not necessarily just to save us for playoffs. It's to get other players in the game," Austin said. "Me and Ivan are big contributors to the team, but the other players, they let us play a lot and they show their leadership by being seniors and letting us play. We can show our appreciation by letting them play when we're up by a massive amount of points."
Austin exploded in the second quarter, hitting three straight three-pointers and scoring 13 points to put the Dragons up, 53-16 at halftime.
"My teammates got me the ball early, and I can just give it to my teammates. Juwan (Anderson), in particular early, and I just let it go," Austin said. "Just coming into the game, getting up shots, I got off early, and in the second half, I still played well, but I was just eager to get up more shots and make more threes. When you're in a fun environment like this, it's just fun to play in."
Austin has offers from LMU, Boise State, Utah State and San Jose State, but others have been hovering around the rising junior.
"Boston College is recruiting me heavily, Weber State, Pacific, USF (San Francisco), I'm getting a little interest from Santa Clara, and Santa Barbara is recruiting me heavily," Austin said.
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