Formerly from Los Angeles, McBroom brings much-needed guard experience to Eagles
After visiting the Eastern Washington University campus this past weekend, point guard Austin McBroom has confirmed that he will transfer from EWU from Saint Louis University, EWU men's basketball head coach Jim Hayford announced Monday (April 27).
Hayford said McBroom has officially accepted his offer of financial aid from EWU, and will be eligible to play next season. Last season, the 5-foot-9 McBroom played 19.0 minutes per game while averaging 6.7 points and shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range (42-of-98). He also averaged 1.6 assists.
"Playing for coach Hayford was huge for me, and the players that are here now are very talented," McBroom said of his decision to conclude his career at EWU. "They are a family and I look forward to becoming a member. They have fun when they play and I want to be a part of that."
"Austin brings us immediate experience in the backcourt, which is where we have the highest concentration of youth," Hayford said. "He is a proven player that can really shoot with excellent floor-leading skills. This is a great addition for us to add a high-quality person and player."
McBroom joins an Eastern team returning just one starter and six total letterwinners from last year's team which advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Among the players lost were honorable mention All-America guard Tyler Harvey and two-year starting point guard Drew Brandon.
"I'm excited to come to a tournament team and we are going to win games here at Eastern," McBroom said. "I wanted to play in the tournament and I feel like Eastern has the best chance to do that again.
Eastern's offense ranked third in NCAA Division I with an average of 80.6 points per game and fifth in 3-pointers per game with a 9.8 average.
"Eastern is a great offensive team, I feel like I'm a great fit for how EWU plays," he added. "But I will also bring a defensive mindset to the team."
In 2013-14 at Saint Louis, McBroom appeared in all 34 games, starting once and finishing fifth on the team in scoring with a 7.3 average. He also shot 90.3 percent (56 for 62) from the free-throw line, the second-best single-season effort in school history.
The Billikens played in the NCAA Tournament that season, beating North Carolina State 83-80 before falling to Louisville 66-51. Saint Louis is coached by Jim Crews, who took over for the late Rick Majerus.
Formerly from Los Angeles, he played for Central Michigan in 2011-12, then redshirted at Saint Louis the following year. At Central Michigan, he averaged 10.9 points and a team-high 2.7 assists while starting 30 of 31 games. He was named to the Mid-American Conference all-freshman team.
McBroom also played football and baseball as a three-sport athlete at Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, Calif. He averaged 25.1 points during his senior season.
Austin McBroom – G, 5-9, 165, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Campbell Hall School / Central Michigan / Saint Louis)
Saint Louis: Played in 66 career games as a Billiken, with 15 starts and an average of 20.8 minutes per game. He averaged 7.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.2 assistant and 0.7 steals while making 36.4 percent of his shots from the field overall (143-of-393), 38.4 percent from the 3-point stripe (86-of-224) and 84.8 percent from the free throw line (89-of-105). As a sophomore, he played in all 32 games for Saint Louis, which finished 11-21 overall and 3-15 in the Atlantic-10 Conference. He averaged 20.2 minutes, 6.7 points and 1.6 assists while starting 15 games. He made 42-of-98 3-point attempts for 42.9 percent. He opened the season with 24 points in a 62-59 win over Southern Illinois, then had a career-high 26 on Nov. 29, 2014, in a 60-57 win over Bradley. He made 6-of-9 3-pointers in that game and was 9-of-14 overall. As a sophomore in the 2013-14 season, he played in all 34 games, starting once, and finished fifth on the squad in scoring with a 7.3 average. He was the top 3-point shooter for the Billikens in makes (44) and percentage (34.9 percent). He also made 90.3 percent (56-of-62) from the free throw line, the second-best percentage in a single season in school history. He had a trio of 3-pointers and made all six of his free throws en route to season-high 17 points in the win at Dayton. He scored all 11 of his points at Duquesne in the second half, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining. In his lone start of the year, McBroom scored 16 points and nailed four 3-pointers against Yale. His career high for assists came as a freshman when he had six against Indiana State on Dec. 18, 2013. The Billikens played in the NCAA Tournament that season, beating North Carolina State 83-80 before falling to Louisville 66-51.
Central Michigan: Named to the Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team after averaging 10.9 points per game and a team-best 2.7 assists in the 2011-12 season. He started 30 of 31 games for the Chippewas, leading CMU in scoring on five occasions and scoring in double figures 19 times. He was one of the squad's top 3-point shooters, nailing 56 treys while shooting 42 percent from the arc. He had a season-high 20 points against Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference Tournament.
High School: Graduated from Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, Calif., in 2011. He was a heralded three-sport athlete while also playing football and baseball. He averaged 25.1 points per game his senior season en route to being named first-team All-CIF Division 3AA. He earned All-State honors in both basketball and football. As a freshman, he played on the state championship team for the Vikings that also featured Jrue Holiday (now with the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA). He was a running back on the football team and played shortstop on the baseball squad.