Did you fill out a bracket? If so, how far did you have Duke going?
I did fill out a bracket and I did awful. I had Duke going to the Final Four and winning the whole thing. Arizona came out in the second half yesterday and totally surprised me.
Austin, besides Coach K and the program, what was the deciding factor that made you choose Duke??... ( Lets Go Duke)
I just felt comfortable being there. I already know Kyrie and a couple other guys. I fit into Coach K's system well and I think the Duke program will better me as player. I think I can do big things there.
WHo do you think the college POY is this season?
I think it's really close. It's a toss between Nolan Smith, Kemba Walker and Jimmer Fredette. Any of those three can take it.
As a player do you wish high school players could still be drafted into the NBA?
I think it would be cool to have the choice of going to the NBA right out of high school. It would allow players to decide what they want to do but I also think going to college is very important. At the end of the day I think if you're ready to make that jump right out of high school then you should be able to do so. If you want to go to college then go to college. Either way is fine with me.
Hey Austin, long time duke fan and can't wait to see you next year. What part of your game have you been working on most for your freshman year at Duke?
I would just say being more versatile, finishing with my left hand and getting stronger. I've even gained a couple of pounds. I'm excited to go to Duke next year and perform.
On your espn.com scouting profile, it describes you as a cold-blooded assassin. Thoughts?
That's how I like to play. I don't look at my opponent as who they play for or what they've done. I go out to play my game and have fun. My best friend is also my rival but when we get on the court all that buddy-buddy stuff goes out the window. I'm there to play.
Was your father the one who placed the ball in your hands as a child or did you pick up the sport of basketball on your own?
I think it was a little bit of both. When I was little I watched my brother play and so I feel in love with the game. My dad never forced me to play; I play because I love the game.
is there any chance you talk Kyrie into staying one more year to play alongside you????
(Laughing) I've tried. I've asked him what he was going to do but he doesn't know. I think we would play great together next year. But no matter what, if he stays or if he goes, I will support him.
Are you a Jimmer or a Kemba fan? Do you think you could beat either of them 1-on-1?
(Laughing) Tell you the truth; I think I relate to Kemba's game a little more. Jimmer might be the most fun player to watch in the game but I like Kemba. As far as 1-on-1, I'm not sure but I know it would be a good game.
Austin, how do you feel about signing autographs and getting so much media attention? Has growing up with a famous father helped you deal with all that comes with being the No. 1 overall prospect?
I think so. I've watched my dad in the limelight my whole life and my brother kind of went through it. It's a blessing to have kids look up to you. I just try to enjoy the whole thing and try to be mature about it.
What is it like having a father that coaches in the NBA? Does that put more or less pressure on you to succeed and ultimately play in the NBA?
It's cool but I see him as a normal dude. I call him dad not Doc. We talk about homework and things like that. But it is cool to see him coach the best players in the world and against the best players in the world. I don't worry about the pressure. I put the most pressure on myself; it doesn't come from my father or anyone else.
Austin, I saw you in the Elite 24 last night. What was it like to be a part of that?
It was cool especially for it being an All-Star game for RISE. It's like a new generation of All-Star games. I enjoyed playing with my friends and to be able to talk about it on TV was pretty cool.
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