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Marcus Austin

Player Profile
Class:
Graduate Student

Hometown:
Irvington, N.J.

High School:
St. Patrick's

Height / Weight:
6-9 / 231

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
10/04/1982

Experience:
4L

A skilled player with quality offensive tools ... Understands the game and is a solid post defender ... Offers experienced front-line play.

2004-05: Appeared in 30 games with one start ... Averaged 10.0 mpg ... Contributed five points and four rebounds in an 89-81 win over Providence on Feb. 5 ... Was also credited with two blocked shots ... Scored four points and grabbed two rebounds in 15 minutes on Jan. 19 at Boston College ... Also established a new career high with three steals against the Eagles ... Tied a career high with three blocks to go with seven points in 19 minutes off the bench in a 74-64 victory over Penn on New Year's Eve ... Made his first start since 2003 against Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 27 ... Played 15 minutes, scoring two points with one blocked shot ... Chipped in with four points and three rebounds in a 86-72 win over Albany on Dec. 22 ... Contributed six points and four rebounds in a 54-43 win over La Salle on Dec. 11 ... Supplied 19 strong minutes off the bench against Monmouth on Dec. 7, scoring four points, collecting three rebounds and handing out three assists ... Made an impressive return to the lineup after a lost season in 2003-04 ... Came off the bench to provide five points and six rebounds in 14 minutes in a 66-41 victory over UMBC on Nov. 23 at the Pavilion... His three blocked shots established a new career high in that category.

2003-04: A foot injury that ultimately required surgery limited him to one regular season appearance, on Dec. 28 vs. UNC Greensboro at the Pavilion ... Ultimately received a medical redshirt for this campaign ... Scored one point and collected three rebounds in seven minutes ... A screw was inserted to help repair a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in surgery on Feb. 16. ... Completed an eight game suspension for his role in telephone access abuse incident on Dec. 22.

2002-03: The late season suspensions gave Austin the most playing time of his young career ... Played all 120 minutes of the final three games ... Made his second straight start and played all 40 minutes of a 46-41 loss to Georgetown in the ConAgra Foods Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden ... Finished the evening with two points, two assists and four rebounds ... Recorded a career high 40 minutes in a 56-54 loss to Pittsburgh on March 9 ... Contributed two points and two rebounds at the First Union Center ... Scored five points and collected two rebounds in a 75-56 win over Miami on Feb. 25 ... Played an important role in 79-70 win over Connecticut on Feb. 15 ... On the floor for 23 minutes, scoring five points and grabbing three rebounds ... Saw 15 minutes of productive action in 72-67 overtime win at Miami on Feb. 8 ... Contributed two points and two rebounds ... Scored six points in 10 minutes in a 91-83 loss to West Virginia on Feb. 1 ... Enjoyed his best game as a collegian in return to his native New Jersey on Jan. 18 ... Scored a career high 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 110-89 win over Rutgers ... Came up with four points and two rebounds in a 92-81 win over Virginia Tech on Jan. 8 ... Collected four rebounds in a 68-53 win over Binghamton on Dec. 27 ... Played 17 minutes, collecting four rebounds in a 72-60 win over UMBC on Dec. 13.

2001-02: Saw most of his time as a frontcourt reserve ... Added six points, all on free throws in 77-75 win at Virginia Tech on Jan. 15 ... Made his second career start against Connecticut on Jan. 13 ... Delivered six points and three rebounds in Big East Conference debut on Jan. 2 against Providence ... Made the first start of his college career on Dec. 28 against Delaware State ... Grabbed three rebounds in 16 minutes of action in 67-44 win ... Set new career highs with 10 points and seven rebounds in 104-91 victory over VMI on Dec. 22 ... Contributed a key basket with 4:05 left in regulation in 75-74 overtime loss at Pennsylvania on Dec. 5 ... Notched five points in 21 minutes of 69-45 win over Bucknell on Dec. 1 ... Saw first college action in 82-68 win over Grambling State on Nov. 21 ... His first two career points came on a slam dunk at 16:57 of the first half.

ST. PATRICK'S HIGH SCHOOL One of the most sought-after players in New Jersey as a senior ... He played four years for head coach Kevin Boyle at the high school powerhouse ... A bout with mononucleosis hindered him during the 2000-01 campaign ... As a junior he averaged 12 points and eight rebounds per game ... Selected as a second team All-New Jersey choice during the 1999-2000 campaign.

PERSONAL Parents are Dorsey and Shari Austin ... Has a younger brother Eric (17) ... Committed to Villanova in September 2000 and signed a national letter of intent in November ... Born 10/4/82 in Orange, N.J. ... Received his undergraduate degree in May and is now enrolled in graduate school ... Picked Villanova for its combination of academics and athletics.

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