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Austin Boucher is a gifted student-athlete in the class of 2018 currently attending North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The talented shooter runs with the Spiece Indy Heat AAU team on the EYBL circuit where he uses his blend of length, ball handling, and vision to help his team garner wins and capture the attention of college programs seeking his skill-set that has become en vogue in modern basketball . Not just an athlete, Boucher works hard in the classroom to maintain his 3.95 GPA and top 10 academic ranking in his high school class.

     I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS

EM: Congrats on the great Spring so far, you’ve turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for the Spiece Indy Heat as a team and for you individually?

AB: At Spiece Indy Heat, we just got a new coach and won our first tournament in May. We are now moving in the right direction. I’m doing my job as point guard and getting my teammates involved. I’m averaging 15 points and 6 assists this Summer. In the EYBL, I shot 45% from the 3 point line.

EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?

AB: I have a pretty complete game. I can shoot from anywhere on the court, hit anyone who is open with either hand, attack and finish above the rim, or pull up and knock down the jumper. I am often compared to Pistol Pete, and when I scored 54 a reporter called me “the high school Steph Curry.”

     II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS

EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?

AB:My favorite subject is Math. I am currently 2 courses ahead of my grade level. It comes quite easy to me.

EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?

AB: I am undecided on a single major but I am interested in sciences.

EM: What are your interests off the court?

AB: My interests off the court consist of lifting, working out, officiating, and spending time with my family. Everything I do is about or for basketball.

     III. RECRUITING

EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?

AB: Only Ball State has offered at the moment.

EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?

AB: Schools that are showing interest and haven’t offered are Stanford, Michigan, Toledo, Air Force, and Xavier.

 

EM: Which schools are recruiting you the hardest right now?

AB: The schools recruiting the hardest are Xavier and Michigan. I don’t really have a top group of schools yet. I am focused on all 23 schools in which I have heard from It’s still really early in the recruiting process and every school is being focused on

 

EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?

AB: I’m going to go down to Ball State soon. The date is not determined yet. I’m heading to a Michigan Basketball Camp in August. Also Indiana has invited me to campus in August. We are trying to maybe go out west or east for some visits before school starts.

 

EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?

AB: The main factors on my decisions are the coaches. How they interact with me and with each other. The academic programs at the institution. Playing style, if they run or play half court. Finally playing time, I don’t want to sit for 3 years. I want to come on and make a difference my freshman year.

     IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE

EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?

AB: My personal goal is to stay in the top 10 of my class in academics and hopefully become number 1.

EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?

AB: Advice I would give anyone is be the best in everything you do. Be the best in your class, win every sprint, and stride to be the best person you can be. My whole mindset is if you’re asked to do a nickels job, give them a dimes worth.

 

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