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Full Name: Mario Trevon Austin
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-9 (2.05 m)/ 260 (117.9 kg)
Birthdate: February 26, 1982 (Livingston, Ala.)
High School: Sumter County HS (York, Ala.)
College: Mississippi State

Selected in the second round (36th overall) by the Chicago Bulls

Mississippi State
Three-point field goals: 2000-01, 0-for-0 (.000); 2001-02, 1-for-5 (.200); 2002-03, 5-for-12 (.417). Totals: 6-for-17 (.353).

Early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Named Honorable Mention All-America by AP as a junior. Named All-Southeastern Conference First Team as a junior following Second Team nod as a sophomore. Helped lead the Bulldogs to a three-year record of 66-31, including back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Ranks 17th on MSU’s scoring list with 1,199 points. Ranks 18th with 570 career rebounds. Owns the school’s all-time record for charges taken with 51.

Junior (2001-02): Ranked in the top 10 in the SEC in scoring (15.5 ppg; 9th), rebounding (7.7 rpg; 5th) and field goal percentage (53.4%;2nd). Led team with six double-doubles. Scored a season-high 28 points against Xavier. Tallied 22 and 16 rebounds against Florida. Had 20 points and eight rebounds against second-ranked Kentucky.

Sophomore (2000-01): Led team in scoring (16.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.6 rpg). Became MSU’s highest-scoring sophomore since Darryl Wilson averaged 16.2 points in 1993-94. Scored in double figures 31 times, including 10 games with 20 or more points. Ranked second in the SEC and 28th nationally in field goal percentage (55.7%). Scored 32 points in a come-from-behind win over sixth-ranked Kentucky. Had 30 points and 13 rebounds against Arkansas.

Freshman (1999-00): Posted the highest single-season scoring average (7.9 ppg) for an MSU freshmen since current Golden State Warriors center Erick Dampier (11.9 ppg in 1993-94). Scored 16 points in his collegiate debut against California. Scored in double figures 10 times.

Strengths: Physically strong player who has always been a high percentage shooter.

Personal: Majored in teaching/coaching. Played in the 2000 McDonald’s HS All-America Game. Lost the 2000 "Mr. Basketball" of Alabama award to his AAU teammate and future Sacramento Kings guard Gerald Wallace, who played one season at Alabama.