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Croshere selected for sportsmanship award
Should Croshere remain a starter?
O'Neal's injury pushes Croshere into lineup
Bigger role a real possibility for Croshere
Analyzing the power forwards
Analyzing the small forwards
Will Croshere's role expand?
Croshere's Minutes Won't be Giftwrapped
Croshere Stands Out in Scrimmage
Al Harrington's departure opens an opportunity for Croshere to move up in the rotation at power forward, with the possibility of some minutes at center. Though his statistics weren't particularly impressive, Croshere distinguished himself as something of a minuteman last season. He didn't play regularly but kept himself ready, and when needed invariably came up with a solid performance. Still one of the best-shooting forwards in the game, he plays aggressively at all times and is a capable rebounder. He struggles defensively against bigger power forwards but his ability to stretch the defense remains a valuable weapon.
Biggest moment of the 2004 playoffs came in Game 4 of the Conference Finals when he moved into the starting lineup for the first time since 3/24/02 and scored 14 points in helping the Pacers to an 83-68 rout of the Pistons.
Ended the '03-04 season with 10 points and a season-high tying 11 boards vs. Chicago, 4/14, notching his second double-double of the season.
With 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. New Jersey, 12/27, he posted his first double-double since 3/29/02.
Scored in double figures 16 times.
Became the seventh player in franchise history to make 250 3-pt FGS in a Pacers' uniform.
Finished season with 277 3-pt FG in his career, fifth on the franchise's all-time list.
His 56 3-pt FGM this season were most since the 2000-01 season.
Ranked 26th in the NBA with a career-best 38.9 percent from long range.
Shot a career-high 89.4 FTS (93-104) this season and hit 45 of last 47.
Tied a career-high with 32 points in a double-overtime loss to Dallas, 2/5/02, including a 3-pt FG with 1.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter that sent the game into overtime.
Ranked 16th in the NBA in free-throw percentage (.848) in 1999-2000.
Played in all 2000 NBA Finals games agains the L.A. Lakers averaging 15.2 ppg and 6 rpg in 24.2 mpg.
Finished his college career ranked 8th on Providence's all-time scoring list with 1,523 points.
A unanimous All-Big East Conference First Team selection as a senior, helping Providence reach the NCAA Elite Eight before losing to eventual NCAA Champion Arizona.
What’s the most important thing a coach ever told you?
Practice hard, don’t give up and don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do something.
If you weren’t a pro basketball player, what pro sport would you be playing (and what position?)
Volleyball. I would be playing the net.
What’s your favorite charity/community memory?
Boys and Girls Club and the annual Thanksgiving Dinner we put on at the Fieldhouse.
Who is the most famous person you ever met?
What reality show would you like to participate in and why?
The Amazing Race. It would be fun to do with my wife.
Signed through the 2006-07 season but has a player option to become a free agent after the 2004-05 season
Full name is Austin Nathan Croshere
He and his wife, Emily, have a one-year-old daughter named Taylor
Regularly participates in the Make-A-Wish Foundation postgame activities
Also involved in the Call-A-Pacer program and the Community Ticket Block program
Enjoys visiting schools and youth organizations
Donates to the Santa Monica (Calif.) Boys Club
Identifies Alzheimer’s Disease as a cause close to his heart
Would like to establish a fund at Providence College to build an academic center for athletics
Earned his degree in business management
Lists his greatest thrill outside of sports as his college graduation
Was an all-conference volleyball player in high school
As a youngster, his basketball hero was Magic Johnson
Has a younger brother, Damon, who played basketball at Loyola-Marymount in Los Angeles
Favorite author is John Grisham
Has a chocolate Labrador named Blake
First job was at the Santa Monica Boys Club
Favorite singer is Sting and his favorite actor is Al Pacino
Wears a size 16 basketball shoe.