Born in Detroit, Michigan, Austin moved to Reno when he was 2 years old. He became involved at the Boys and Girls Club in the 5th grade, often playing with kids much older than him, and never looked back. His grandfather, Mel Nowell, played basketball at Ohio State University three straight appearances in the NCAA Championship game and was a teammate of Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, and Bob Knight.
At Reno High, Austin played Varsity all four years and made significant contributions to the 2006 and 2008 state championship teams, earning two all-state selections along the way. Like Luke Babbitt and Olek Czyz, Austin also played with the Las Vegas Prospects out of Las Vegas to increase his exposure to the national recruiting circles. He worked extremely hard throughout high school and received excellent grades, which presented him the opportunity to follow in fellow Huskie Alex Gamboa’s footsteps and attend Yale University.
Austin started twelve games his freshman year and was voted the team’s top freshman and top defensive player. Over the next three seasons, Austin’s role grew, as did his list of achievements. Always reliable in clutch situations, he shot just under 90% from the foul line in the final five minutes of Yale victories, and ended his career as the highest free throw percentage in school history. His senior season, he was second-team all Ivy league and shot 92% from the foul line. In addition, Austin spent two months in Africa through a Yale fellowship running an after-school program for children. He is looking forward to meeting you all at camp