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Paris Austin ‘did not plan on leaving’ Boise State basketball program, confirms departure

Boise State's Paris Austin on the Mountain West: 'We can definitely make our mark in it'

As the Boise State men's basketball team begins conference play at Utah State on Wednesday night, Chandler Hutchison, Leon Rice and Paris Austin detail the Broncos' upcoming challenges and where the team stacks up.
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As the Boise State men's basketball team begins conference play at Utah State on Wednesday night, Chandler Hutchison, Leon Rice and Paris Austin detail the Broncos' upcoming challenges and where the team stacks up.

Boise State point guard Paris Austin, who averaged 12.3 points per game for the Broncos last season, confirmed to the Idaho Statesman Friday that he is leaving the men’s basketball program. Boise State confirmed he was granted his release from the team Thursday morning and is now free to seek a transfer to another school. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels was the first to tweet out the news.

“Me and my family thought it was the best decision,” Austin told the Idaho Statesman in a text message. “Me and my parents talked about it after the season. But I did not plan on leaving.”

Austin, who will be a junior, was second on the team in scoring behind Chandler Hutchison and led the Broncos (20-12) with 2.8 assists per game. He was a four-star prospect out of Bishop O’Dowd High in Oakland, Calif. in the class of 2015 and was one of the highest-profile recruits in school history along with Hutchison. Hutchison entered his name in the 2017 NBA Draft without hiring an agent and on Thursday announced that he will return to school for his senior season.

Austin started 18 games in 2016-17, scored 20 or more points three times and had 20 double-digit scoring games. He was replaced in the starting lineup by James Reid midway through the season and thrived in his role off the bench. Austin said issues with teammates, coaches or losing his starting role were not reasons he left the program.

“No, it didn’t have to do with any of that,” Austin said. “We just felt like it was time for this decision.”

Austin still has a redshirt year available and two years of eligibility remaining.

Michael Katz: 208-377-6444, @MichaelLKatz

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