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Austin Price

School

Lehigh University

Position
Guard
Major
Finance

Classroom

Austin Price has been impressive in the classroom as a finance major at a strong institution. Lehigh was ranked in a June 10, 2016, USA Today article as the sixth top college for a degree in finance. In addition, Lehigh University was recently named the 37th-best college in all of America by Business Insider and has been recognized among the top schools in the country by several other media outlets.

Price was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll following his freshman season and has garnered the Faculty Athletics Council Award in his career as well. Both awards recognize a semester GPA of 3.2 or higher. Price has relevant experience in his major as well. This past summer, he worked at Incrediplex, the largest sports facility in the Midwest, near his hometown in Indianapolis. Price evaluated the company’s financials and the risks involved, helping them discern whether or not to pursue or avoid major projects.

Character

Price is looked up to by his teammates. He has taken part in the Lehigh Athletics Leadership Development Program, specifically in Emerging Leaders, through which he was trained to lead by example, develop relationships with teammates and gain the credibility to lead vocally in order to maximize individual and team performance. Price also is a member of Student-Athlete Council, a group of student-athlete leaders representing a diverse constituency, voluntarily committed to enhancing the student-athlete experience through leadership, service and community.

Price also serves as an ambassador for the Kappa Alpha Psi. As ambassador, his role is to make sure that campus relations between students and faculty are strong. He serves as liaison with the faculty and handles things like keeping track of the chapter’s money, recruiting, keeping track of events and making sure to attend events of other organizations.

Price also takes part in Greek Emerging Leaders, which focuses on the social climate for Greek Life. In the program, the leaders discuss how the culture at Lehigh can be improved and what can be done as leaders to make sure members produce a good image, make sure the culture is safe and make sure people are doing the right things.

Community

Price is heavily involved with giving back, through both Lehigh Athletics and his fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi. They recently tutored students at a local school and helped at Spooktacular, an event which involves Halloween arts and crafts for youngsters from around the Lehigh Valley. Through the fraternity, Price has also talked to youngsters at elementary schools regarding how to get into college and stay on the right track.

Price and his Mountain Hawk teammates have also given back through the Lehigh basketball program. They have visited numerous local schools as part of the NABC Stay In To Win program, a program which sees college coaches and players join together with middle and high school teachers and administrators to motivate and encourage students to stay in school and graduate. Price and his teammates have spoken at assemblies about the importance of education.

Lehigh Athletics has two other key community programs in which Price is heavily involved. Every year, the Mountain Hawks head to local Donegan Elementary School for the Reading Rocks program. A different Lehigh Athletics team each week spends approximately one hour with the students, helping them read before they spend time playing games. Lehigh men’s basketball, along with every Lehigh Athletics team, also takes part in Adopt-A-Family through which the Mountain Hawks provide a holiday for a local underprivileged family. The process includes shopping for gifts, wrapping and delivering them to the families in early December.

Competition

Price has been an impressive scorer throughout his collegiate career. He entered his senior season with 1,026 career points, becoming the 34th player in school history to reach the 1,000 point milestone by scoring 16 points in the 2015-16 regular season finale at Army West Point. Price was named a Patriot League All-Rookie Team member as a freshman, recording 8.4 points per game. His scoring average increased to 11.4 as a sophomore then 13.0 as a junior, which was good for second on the team. Price was named a third-team All-Patriot League honoree as a junior, leading the Mountain Hawks to the Patriot League Championship Game. His scoring, rebounding and assists averages have increased each and every season of his collegiate career.

Price has been a prolific three-point shooter, knocking down 38.5 percent of his treys last season, and his 69 made treys were good for sixth in the league. Price also shot 38.5 percent from long distance as a sophomore and entered his senior season with a 38.3 average for his career (166-of-433).

Price has enjoyed a number of stellar performances in his career, eclipsing 20 points in nine career games, including six games as a junior. He posted a career-high 28 points and career-high eight rebounds against Colgate last season. During the 2014-15 season opener, Price scored 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting against a Villanova team that went on to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.