Austin Croshere played two seasons before my time at Providence College, but I’m pretty sure he would’ve been one of my all-time favorite Friars if I got to follow him while a student. On March 4, 2011, Croshere will be inducted into the PC Athletics Hall of Fame along with 8 others.
Austin Croshere ‘97 was named Third Team All-BIG EAST as a junior and First Team All-BIG EAST as a senior. He led the team in scoring as a junior and a senior, averaging 15.3 and 17.9 ppg, respectively. He ranks 11th all-time in scoring at PC after registering 1,523 points in 121 games. For his career, he averaged 12.6 ppg and 5.3 rebounds. He ranks sixth all-time at PC in career free-throw percentage (.843). He set a BIG EAST record with 57 consecutive free throws. He helped lead the Friars to the Elite Eight of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. He also was a member of the 1994 Friar team that captured the squad’s only BIG EAST title. In 1995, he helped the USA Team capture a gold medal at the World University Games. In 1997, Croshere was named ECAC Co-Player of the Year, USBWA District 1 Player of the Year and PC Male Athlete of the Year. He was a lottery pick (12th selection, Indiana) in the First Round of the 1997 NBA Draft. He played 12 seasons in the NBA.
Croshere last played in the NBA in January of 2009, when he got a 10-day contract to play for the San Antonia Spurs. No word on whether or not Tony Parker tried to sext Austin’s significant other during those 10 days. Once Croshere retired shortly after being release by the Spurs, Ryan Gomes was left as the only active former Friar in the NBA.
Croshere hits a free throw, then misses, breaking his streak. But PC closes out West Virginia in the 97 Big East Tournament.