Saturday, August 31, 2013

New Knight: Rich Austin F 6-6 210 Sr.

Thanks to the PSAC Letters of Intent web page and the heads up from faithful Gannon Hoops fans, we knew 9 of the 10 recruits Gannon announced Friday afternoon. But the one player that sneaked up on us (or at least sneaked up on me) was Rich Austin, a senior transfer from Lake Erie College.

Here's some biographical information on Austin, much of it from Gannon's press release on the recruits plus additional info I discovered online, including the Lake Erie College website:
* As a junior, ranked third on Lake Erie in scoring (10.4 ppg) and first in rebounding (5.9 rpg) despite missing 7 games, including a stretch of 6 in the middle of the season.
* Shot 44% from the field (67-for-153), just 5-for-28 on three-pointers (18%). Made 76% of his foul shots (50-for-66). Ranked second on the team with 10 blocked shots.
* Hit for a season-high 20 points twice vs. Notre Dame (Oh.) and Lake Superior State.
* Registered 13 points and 6 rebounds in an 80-73 win over NCAA tournament participant Slippery Rock. You remember them, right?
* In the season opener at Division I Bowling Green, Austin posted 7 points and 7 rebounds
* The Storm finished the season 8-18 overall and just 5-17 in the GLIAC, which may answer why Austin wanted to transfer to Gannon. That's just my suspicion; I have no inside information why he made the move after three years at the Painesville school.
* Or maybe he left because Lake Erie averages just 245 fans for home games, which I think is fewer than Blessed Sacrament attracts for J.V. girls games.
* Or maybe he left because when fans do attend the games, they do annoying stuff like this and participate in dreadful in-game contests like this. Can somebody please tell me what that is and how it makes the game highlight film?

* As a sophomore, led 10-16 Lake Erie in scoring (12.2 ppg), rebounding (6.2 ppg), blocked shots (13), minutes played, and free throw attempts.
* Stunningly that same season he had only 9 assists (vs. 49 turnovers) in 794 minutes of action.
* Shot 45% from the field (123-for-273), 26% on threes (15-of-57), and 71% (55-of-78) from the foul line. Reached double figures 17 times as a sophomore.
* Registered team highs of 21 points and 5 rebounds at Division I Detroit Mercy.
* Scored a season-high 24 points plus snared 9 rebounds in a win at Rollins (Fla.), who had been ranked in the Division II top 10 that season. Earned all-tournament team honors at the Rollins tournament.
* Tallied 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a 62-60 win at Northwood (Mich.).
* Dominated Ohio Dominican with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

* As a freshman, earned 12 starts for the 7-19 Storm, averaging 6 ppg (4th best on the team) and 3.9 rpg (3rd best).
* Shot 46% from the field, 21% on threes (4-for-19), and 69% at the foul line. Led Lake Erie in rebounding 3 times.
* This has nothing to do with Austin, but check out the stat line of LEC teammate Ethan Bradshaw in an 82-78 win at Urbana: 40 points, 7-of-15 FG, 4-of-8 3FG and 22-of-25 FT. Austin had 6 points that game, none from the foul line.

* As a senior at Cleveland St. Ignatius HS, averaged 9 points and 7 rebounds per game for a district championship team.
* I don't have Austin's stats from this game, but St. Ignatius beat Prep his senior season, 53-36
* Austin's postseason accolades included a Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association All-Star selection (he scored 12 points in that all-star game) and being awarded the team's Coaches Cup. I hope that trophy doesn't look like this.
* And if you're wondering if he can play above the rim, the answer is yes. Evidence here.


  1. Look for a starting five of Wilson, Blazek, Oldham, Newby and Austin. And 8 guys on the bench who could start for most PSAC teams. Oh yeah.

  2. I like the lineup, but unless he's put on some serious weight I don't see Oldham being in the middle. I've not seem them practice yet but I was expecting Porter or Thomas-Edwards to be in the middle.

    I was thinking it'd be

  3. M & W BB rosters are up. Bios not updated

  4. I don't see Rob Wilson on that list??!!

  5. I don't know if he graduated and moved on but I do know he has one more year of eligibility remaining. Not sure what is going on.

  6. Coach Reilly's 8-30-13 press release said Robert Wilson is returning. A lot can happen in three weeks. Coach knows best. Coach is still Coach of the Year. Only the best can play for Gannon so Coach's new recruits must be better than Wilson or Wilson would still be on team. That is a good sign because Wilson was awesome. If the new players are even better than Wilson, Coach has a great season coming up for us. See that Brandon Domenick has number 33 on roster instead of Wilson.

  7. My understanding of the situation is that Wilson will not play for the Knights this season because he has enrolled in the police academy which will conflict with basketball activities. I believe the redshirt senior has already earned his degree during his 4 years of school (2 at Urbana, 2 at Gannon) and, according to a Gannon press release this summer, had a 3.60 cumulative grade point average as a criminal justice major. So good for him that he's moving on in his career field, but bad for us Gannon fans to lose such a contributor.

    As a junior, Wilson started every game, was GU's #2 scorer (12.0 ppg) and #2 rebounder (6.3 rpg), second only to senior Darrell Blanton in those categories. So now Gannon has to replace its top two scorers and rebounders from a season ago and, maybe more importantly, a player in Wilson who was a glue guy in addition to being highly productive. I've commented on many occasions how Wilson regularly led the team in effort and calmed down his fellow Knights when they entered choppy water.

    More of the burden this season will fall on junior Adam Blazek who now becomes Gannon's leading returning scorer (11.5 ppg) and rebounder (4.1 rpg). And at least one of the new recruits will have to become an instant impact player.

  8. Good luck Robert Wilson! Thanks for being a Golden Knight.

  9. The only different thing I heard is that Wilson's job-related position is in Virginia, so he wouldn't even be in the Erie area to participate in hoops.

    The other thing I heard is that up to 5 players will redshirt, so the composition of this year's team will be at least interesting, if nothing else.