Clark CC transfer Bragg chooses WWU

May 1, 2012

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Austin Bragg, who averaged 15.0 points and 10.2 rebounds as a sophomore forward in helping Clark Community College in Vancouver to a 25-4 record, has signed a national letter of intent to play men's basketball at Western Washington University beginning this fall. Making that announcement was Viking head coach Brad Jackson.

The 6-foot-8 Bragg was a first-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Western Region all-star and all-defensive team pick last season on a Clark squad that reached the second round of the NWAACC Tournament. His rebound average ranked fifth among NWAACC leaders.

Bragg, who also averaged 1.5 blocked shots, had 13 double-doubles in points and rebounds with career highs of 37 points versus Olympic CC and 21 rebounds versus Yakima Valley CC in a NWAACC Tournament contest. He shot 55.4 percent (169-of-305) from the field, 33.3 percent (16-of-48) from three-point range and 70.1 percent (82-of-117) at the free throw line.

As a freshman at Clark, Bragg averaged 12.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. He spent the 2009-10 season as a redshirt at Washington State University.

As a senior at Mark Morris High School in Longview, Bragg was a first-team Longview Daily News all-Area and all-league pick, leading the Monarchs to the Greater St. Helens 2A League championship. He led the team in rebounds, being named MVP at the Lower Columbia Area All-Star game.

Bragg grew 10 inches during his four-year high school career.

WWU graduated three seniors, two of them starters, from a team that won the NCAA Division II championship, the first national title in the 110-year history of the program, and finished with a 31-5 record, the win total being a school record.

Austin Bragg, Forward, 6-8, 200, 22, 7/29/91, Junior, Longview, WA

COLLEGE: Transfer from Clark CC ... Recruited by 15 colleges ... First-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Western Region all-star and all-defensive team pick, helping 25-4 Penguins to second round of NWAACC Tournament as sophomore in 2011-12 ... Averaged 15.0 points and 10.2 rebounds, which ranked fifth in NWAACC ... Had 13 double-doubles (points and rebounds) ... Had career highs of 37 points vs. Olympic CC and 21 rebounds vs. Yakima Valley CC in NWAACC Tournament contest ... Shot 55.4 percent (169-of-305) from field, 33.3 percent (16-of-48) from three-point range and 70.1 percent (82-of-117) at free throw line ... Also averaged 1.5 blocks (42) ... Named MVP of Wenatchee Valley CC Crossover Tournament ... As freshman in 2010-11, averaged 12.9 points with season high of 25 and 7.8 rebounds ... Two letters ... Spent 2009-10 season as redshirt at Washington State University.

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team Longview Daily News all-Area and all-league as senior at Mark Morris High School, leading Monarchs to Greater St. Helens 2A League championship ... Named MVP of Lower Columbia Area All-Star game ... Led team in rebounds and selected Most Improved player ... Lettered just one year ... As junior, named junior varsity most improved ... Grew 10 inches during four-year high school career, being guard and wing on C team as freshman and sophomore and primarily wing as junior before moving to post position as senior.

PERSONAL: Plans to major in chemistry or international business.

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