AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific men's basketball head coach Justin Leslie announced the signing of Austin Dyer, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from Central Catholic High School in Portland, to play collegiately for the Cougars beginning in the fall of 2013.
Dyer, a current high school senior was recruited by a number of Division I programs along the West Coast, will join one of college basketball's most consistently successful programs. Azusa Pacific owns college basketball's second-longest current streak of 20-win seasons (20 years).
"Austin is a very skilled big man who will be a real presence for us over his career," Leslie said. "He has long arms and great timing which enables him to effectively rebound, pass, and finish in the lane. He has tremendous upside as he will be able to play physically for us while also spreading the court with his ability to knock down shots. I'm thrilled to add a student-athlete of Austin's caliber to our program."
Dyer averaged 10.3 points his sophomore year and increased his scoring average to 11.7 points per game as a junior.
Azusa Pacific is currently in the second year of a three-year transition process to NCAA Division II membership, and the Cougars are entering their first season of competition in Division II's Pacific West Conference. The Cougars opened the 2012-13 season by rallying from 16 points down in the second half for a 102-99 overtime win over Central Washington, and Azusa Pacific takes on Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) tonight in the first of 12 home games this season.