Boise State’s basketball program took a huge hit on Tuesday. Following a breakout season from guard Paris Austin, the Oakland native has decided to transfer to a school closer to home.
After talking with my family. I have decided to come home and play for Cal Berkeley 🐻. I just want to say thank you to all the coaches. 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/bMgQ4j63cZ
— Paris Austin (@ChefBoyParis) May 16, 2017
The 6 footer saw an increased workload for the Bronco’s this season, and he responded with a stellar season. He averaged 12.3 points per game, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. It wasn’t made immediately clear why the guard decided to transfer, but playing closer to home is the likeliest reason.
As per the NCAA transfer rules, Austin will have to sit out one season before being eligible to play again. As a result, his impact won’t be immediately felt, but when the guard becomes available to play, he will be a force for Cal and coach Wyking Jones.
Both Boise and Cal were 20 game winners last season, but the Golden Bears play in the competitive PAC 12. Whatever the reason for Austin’s decision, playing in a more visible conference provides him the opportunity at a better draft slot when the time comes.