Former Central star Matt Austin announced Tuesday he will commit to Benedictine College to continue his basketball career.
“Thankful and blessed to announce that I will be committing to Benedictine to further my career and education,” Austin shared via Twitter.
Austin was named the NJCAA Region 16 Player of the Year and a second-team All-American last season. After transferring to Metropolitan CC in Kansas City from Seward County CC, Austin averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore.
The St. Joseph native will reunite with former Central teammate Jaiden Bristol and Benton graduate Saxton Thuston.
The Ravens finished with a 24-0 record in the Heart of America Conference under head coach Ryan Moody. Benedictine finished the 2019 season with an overall record of 31-4 after falling in the second round of the NAIA Championship Tournament to the University of Pikeville (Kentucky).
Austin shot 48.8 percent from the field and 43.5 percent from 3-point range. His points-per-game average ranked 13th in the country.
The 2017 Central grad eclipsed 30 points five times, scoring a season-high 40 points on Nov. 17. He made 12 of 23 shots and finished 8-for-12 from 3-point range in the loss to Des Moines Area CC.