February 26, 1982 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||264 lb (120 kg)|
Sumter County (York, Alabama)1999-00 McDonald's all-american
|College||Mississippi State (2000–2003)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2008||Beşiktaş Cola Turka|
|2010||Atléticos de San Germán|
|2011||Titanes del Distrito Nacional|
Mario Trevon Austin (born February 26, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player.
Austin played 3 seasons at Mississippi State under head coach Rick Stansbury. He is well known for hitting a clutch 3-point shot in a 2002 win over Kentucky. Austin was named second team All-SEC that season (2001–02).
After being drafted 36th overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, Austin left to play overseas, starting his professional career with CSKA Moscow, but was released after an injury before playing an official game. Afterwards he signed with the Jackson Rage of the WBA where he spent the remaining of the season.
In 2004 he signed with Italian team Lauretana Biella and in 2005 he was with Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. who got sponsored by billionaire Arkadi Gaydamak shortly before, he quickly became one of the dominant players in the team and led it to the Uleb Cup semi-finals and to the Israeli League Finals
At the start of the 2009–10 season, Austin was signed by Meridiano Alicante, but was released on January 21, 2010. On April 10, 2010, Austin was signed by the Atléticos de San Germán of the Puerto Rican league but was waived the next month.
On February 3, 2015, Austin signed with KB Peja of the Siguria Superleague and on October 9, Austin signed with Deportivo Valdivia of the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol de Chile (LNB). On November 14, he was waived by Deportivo Valdivia.
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