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Isaiah Austin Player Profile

Evaluation: Austin is similar to class of 2011 center Andre Drummond in the sense that he is a seven footer who has a good skill set on the perimeter. For his size, he has outstanding ball-handling skills and slashing ability causing him to be a match-up nightmare. He has a solid low-post game as well where he can pass out of the post and score on put-backs. He is also a great rebounder and shot-blocker and has the ability to make the perimeter shot. The biggest area he needs to work on is getting stronger. It will help him become a better rebounder and defender against other lost-post players. Also, as does every other big man in the country, Austin needs to improve his interior scoring ability. He can score over smaller defenders but when he faces guys who are just a couple of inches smaller he will need to have a variety of post moves. The bottom-line for him is that he is versatile with a lot of potential and has good hands and timing which is important for a big man. Look for him to be an immediate starter for the Bears and to be an impact player as a freshman.

Notes: Committed to Baylor August 9, 2010; Uncle Isaac played in the NBA for more than a decade for several teams

Awards: 2012 McDonald’s All-American, 2012 Jordan Brand Classic partipant

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