Bears Pick Up Some Needed Depth at the Point with Paris Austin Transfer


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By Jim McGill, Staff Writer
Posted May 16, 2017
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PG Paris Austin transfers to Cal
With a short roster and a lack of depth at the point, the Bears picked up a big transfer in Boise State and former Bishop O'Dowd point guard Paris Austin today.
The 6-0/175 Austin had a solid sophomore season for the Broncos, averaging 12 points per game, including a 16-point game on 5-for-6 shooting against NCAA runner-up Oregon last season.

As a high school senior at O'Dowd, Austin teamed with former Bear Ivan Rabb to lead the Dragons to a 28-4 record and state Open Division championship with a dramatic OT win over Mater Dei.

Austin recently asked for his release after two years at Boise State and soon found a natural fit in the hometown Golden Bears.

"Once I got my release and Cal reached out to me, I knew they needed a point guard," said Austin. "When I talked to the staff on the phone, it just felt right.

"I'm really excited. I feel that I'll play really well in the style of play Coach Wyking (Jones) told me they intend to play on both offense and defense.

"It was everything that I wanted to be a part of."

Part of the benefit of playing close to home is the familiarity that Austin developed with the program and some of the players over the past few years.

"I got to know some of the players at Cal in the past couple years hanging out with Ivan when was I was home," said Austin, who plans to pursue Media Studies at Cal.

For now, Austin will get ready to trade up for a Cal degree and spend the next year acclimating to his new surroundings back home and working on his game.

"I'm looking forward to building great relationships with my coaches and my teammates, said Austin.

"I'm going to work on my game and use the time to become a better basketball player and also get ahead in my academics.

"I think the year off will be very good for my growth and development."

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