5 Austin Claunch
5 Austin Claunch
Height: 5-9
Weight: 155
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Cypress, TX
High School: Strake Jesuit Prep
Position: G
Major: Political Science

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Concluded an outstanding four-year career by playing in 100 games (fifth most in Emory history), 77 as a starter (7th all-time in school annals) ... Ranked among the school's top 10 in 17 different career statistical categories ... Closed out his Emory tenure in the No. 1 position in assists (580), assists average (5.8 apg) and minutes (3132) ... Posted 67 double-figure scoring contests ... 16 outings of 20 or more points ... His 1,292 career points rank fifth on Emory's all-time chart while his 12.9 per-game scoring average is good for the No. 8 spot ... Sank 291 free throws (fifth all-time at Emory) and his 87.7 percent mark (291-of-332)from the charity stripe is second on the Eagles' career ladder ... Sixth in school annals with 439 field goals and his 123 three-point field goals rank ninth all-time at Emory ... Third in minutes average (31.3 mpg) ... Chalked up 169 steals, good for fourth place on the all-time list and his 1.7 thefts-per-game mark stands seventh ... Recorded 11 games of 10 or more assists ... Holds the school's top three seasonal marks in assists (186 in 2010-11, 180 in 2011-12 and 151 in 2009-10).

Senior (2011-12):
Capped off a fine career by bringing home a bevy of individual honors ... Captured his third straight First Team All-UAA selection, just one of three players in Emory basketball history to earn that distinction (Tim Garrett in  1988, '89, '90 & Chase Fawsett (2003, '04, '05) ... National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-South Region Second Team honoree ... Earned a spot on the D3hoops.com All-South Region Second Team ... Tabbed by the Georgia Basketball Coaches Association as the Division III Player of the Year for the third straight campaign ... Dished out 180 assists, second on the school's seasonal chart ... Set an Emory single-game record with 13 assists against Chicago (Feb. 3), a contest where he also tallied 19 points on nine-of-15 field goal shooting along with three steals in 40 minutes of action ... 24 games of double-figure scoring including nine performances of 20 or more points ... Team's top scorer in seven games ... Named UAA Player of the Week and earned a spot on D3hoops.com Team of the Week after averaging 25.0 points, 6.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in wins over Piedmont (Jan. 3) and Rochester (Jan. 7) ... Logged 40 minutes of action and led all players in scoring with a career-high tying 27 points, sinking 10 field goals, while doling out a game-high tying eight assists in an 83-81 verdict over Rochester (Jan. 7) ... Became Emory's all-time assists leader early in the second half of the LaGrange game (Nov. 26) after dishing to Michael Friedberg for a layup ... Ranked among the UAA's top 10 in seven statistical categories ... No. 2 on the team and fourth in the conference in overall scoring with a career-high 17.8 per-game average, good for a 10th-place tie on the Eagles' season ladder ... Topped the UAA and ranked fourth nationally among D-III players with a 7.2 per-game mark in assists, the second-highest season effort in school annals ... Paced all UAA cagers and held down the No. 11 spot on the national scene in assist/turnover ratio (2.9) ... Averaged a team- and league-best 35.0 minutes per playing stint and played a total of nine games in their entirety ... Fourth in the confernce with an 87.9 percent showing in free throw shooting with that mark sixth on Emory's season list ... Led the squad with 51 steals, tying the seventh-highest seasonal total in school history ... Drove the lane and then fired a laser pass to Jake Davis who knocked down a three pointer with three seconds left on the clock that gave the Eagles a 65-62 win over Brandeis (Feb. 12) ... Drive to the bucket and subsequent score with 18 ticks on the clock proved to be the winning points in a 73-70 decision over No. 16 NYU (Feb. 10) ... Hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds left, his team-high 17th and 18th points of the night that closed out the game's scoring in that affair vs. NYU ... 17 contests of two or more steals including a six-game streak (Jan. 22 - Feb. 10) of multiple thefts ... 31-minute performance vs. Rhodes (Dec. 29) and picked up 13 points while dishing out a then school-record tying 12 assists with no turnovers in an 84-66 triumph ... Enjoyed three three-game streak of scoring 20 or more points ... Led all players with 24 points, sinking 10-of-16 from the floor, and paced the Eagles with a career-high tying eight rebounds while contributing four steals in a 70-59 outcome over Case Western (Jan. 22) ... Successful on eight-of-16 from the field, including four-of-six from beyond the arc, en route to a team-high 23 point outing vs. Washington University (Jan. 29), a game that saw him also dole out nine assists with just one turnover in 39 minutes ... Team's No. 2 scorer with 22 points, 16 coming in the second half, and totaled 10 assists in 40 minutes of action in an 89-70 win vs. LaGrange (Nov. 30) ... Tallied 15 of his 19 points in the first half and ended the game converting eight-of-15 of his field goal opportunities, including three triples, and totaled nine assists and four steals in a 105-71 triumph at Case Western (Feb. 19). 

Junior (2010-11):
Enjoyed another outstanding season that saw him earn numerous accolades ... Started all 25 games and ranked first on the team and fifth among UAA players in scoring with a 16.5 points per-game average ... Captured First Team All-UAA honors for the second straight season, the first Emory player since Chase Fawsett (2004 & 2005) to earn that distinction and the third overall in program history ... Landed a berth on the National Basketball Coaches Association All-South Region Second Team, joining Tim Garrett (1987, '88, '89, '90) and Spiros Ferderigos (2008) as Eagles who were recognized by the NABC for that honor ... D3hoops.com All-South Region First Team pick ... Ranked among the UAA's top 10 performers in six statistical categories ... Topped both the team and UAA, and ranked third nationally with a school seasonal mark of 7.4 assists per game ... In addition to his assists average, he paced the league in steals (1.9 spg), free throw percentage (.875), minutes (36.4 mpg) and assist/turnover ratio (3.0) ... His free throw percentage mark placed sixth on Emory's seasonal list and was 22nd nationally ... Was No. 8 nationally in assist/turnover ratio ... Named by the Georgia Basketball Coaches Association as the Division III Player of the Year ... His total of 186 assists established an Emory seasonal record ... 48 steals tied for 14th on the school's seasonal chart and he registered 13 games of two or more thefts ... Notched double-digit scoring in 22 contests and recorded six outings of 20 or more points ... Five games of 10 or more assists ... Led or shared for team scoring honors on nine occasions ... Led or shared for team rebounding honors in four contests ... Tossed in 18.4 points per stint in UAA games, tops on the team and fourth on the league ladder ... Shot 49.4 percent (84-of-170) from the floor in conference action, ninth on the UAA chart ... Led all players in minutes (37.9 mpg) and assists (7.9 apg) in league contests ... Played seven games in their entireity ... Named UAA Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 29) after shooting 61.9 percent from the floor (13-of-21), and averaging 18.5 points, 9.5 assists and 2.5 steals in wins vs. LaGrange (Nov. 27) and Maryville (Nov. 28) ... Played all 40 minutes in a 103-99 come-from-behind win vs. Maryville (Nov. 28), scoring a team-high 25 points, hitting nine-of-13 from the field and all six from the charity stripe, including a pair with 10 seconds left that sealed the game, and doling out a school-record 12 assists ... Huge all-around effort in the season opener vs. Oglethorpe (Nov. 17), racking up a then career-high 26 points (six in overtime), hitting 10-of-20 from the field, including three-of-five from beyond the arc, and coming through with career highs with a team-leading eight rebounds and five steals while doling out seven assists with no turnovers in 44 minutes in a 92-84 triumph ... Tied a school record for free throw percentage (1.000) when he successfuly sank all 12 of his opportunities in an 88-82 win over Methodist (Dec. 4) ... Saw a streak of 30 consecutive makes from the foul line (fourth longest in school annals) come to an end late in a road game at Covenant College (Dec. 7) ... 39-minute outing vs. Washington University (Jan. 14) where he totaled 13 points, second high on the team, tied for the squad's high with seven rebounds and dished out nine assists in a 69-68 victory ... Named UAA Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 24) and was chosen to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week after turning in back-to-back double-doubles of points and assists in victories vs. Case Western and Carnegie Mellon, averaging 21.0 points, 10.5 assists and 3.5 steals ... Second high on the team with 17 points and totaled 11 assists with no turnovers and three steals in 31 minutes vs. Case (Jan. 21) in a 97-73 victory ... Followed that effort with a team-best 25 points, draining eight-of-12 from the field and seven-of-seven from the stripe, and handed out 10 assists while registering four steals in an 88-71 verdict vs. Carnegie Mellon ... Tallied a career-high 27 points, hitting seven-of-12 from the floor and 13 (tying the fourth-highest game total in school history)-of-16 from the foul line in an 87-78 win over NYU (Feb. 6) ... Selected to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week for the second time during the year (Feb. 8) after averaging 17.5 points, 10.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds in wins over Brandeis (Feb. 4) and NYU (Feb. 6) ... After finishing with 16 points and eight assists vs. Brandeis, he played all 40 minutes vs. NYU and tied his school record with 12 assists while totaling a team-high 19 points, knocking down six-of-nine of his field goal attempts, including all three of his three-point attempts, including a triple coming with 26 seconds left that gave Emory a six-point lead, in a 93-85 win vs. NYU ... Tied Julien Williams for the Eagles' scoring lead with 18 points, tied his school record once again with 12 assists and grabbed a team-best six rebounds in a 92-67 decision vs. Washington Universsity (Feb. 11) ... Named UAA Co-Player of the Week after coming up with a team-high 24 points, draining nine-of-13 from the floor, sinking all four of his free throw attempts, dishing out nine assists and recording four steals in an 83-72 triumph over No. 14-ranked Rochester in the season finale.

Sophomore (2009-10):
Banner season that saw him land All-UAA First Team honors after ranking among the league's top 10 performers in six statistical categories ... Started all 25 games and topped the team in scoring with a 12.6 per-game average, good for the No. 10 spot on the UAA chart ... Established a school seasonal record with 151 assists and his 6.0 per-game showing in that department also set an Emory mark while ranking No. 2 among UAA cagers ... Concluded the year ranked No. 10 nationally in Division III in assists average ... Paced the conference and was No. 5 nationally among Division III players with a 90.4 percent showing from the free throw line (75-of-83), the third-best effort in school history ... No. 2 in the UAA with a 2.0 steals per-game average and his 50 thefts tied for ninth on the Eagles' seasonal ladder ... No. 2 in the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.4) ... His 36.0 minutes played per game led all UAA players and was the second-highest mark in school history ... Scored in double figures in 19 contests ... Led or shared for team scoring honors on six occasions ... Led the Eagles with a career-high 25 points, 18 coming in the second half, hitting nine-of-15 from the field, including a career-high five-of-eight from three-point range, in the season finale vs. Rochester (Feb. 27) ... Tied Emory's single-game record with 11 assists and added 19 points, 14 of which came in the first half, in the season-opening overtime vs. Oglethorpe (Nov. 19) ... Named the UAA Player of the Week (Nov. 30) after averaging 17.7 points, shooting 63.6 percent from the floor (21-of-33) and dishing out 5.0 assists over a three-game stretch where Emory posted a 2-1 record ... Led the Eagles in scoring in both games of the GABCA Coaches vs. Cancer Classic against Maryville (17 pts.) and LaGrange (Nov. 29) with 18 points, 14 coming in the second stanza... Set a school record by converting 38 straight free throws from Dec. 19 through Feb. 5 ... Outstanding effort at home against Chicago (Jan. 29), tallying a team-leading 17 points, sinking six-of-nine from the floor, including three-of-four from distance, and dishing out seven assists with no turnovers in 29 minutes of action ... Doled out 10 assists, tying the fourth-highest effort in school history, and chipped in 13 points, second high on the squad, in an 88-74 win vs. Greensboro (Dec. 17) ... Played all 40 minutes and finished with 14 points, and went 8-for-8 at the foul line over the last 4:52 of the game, and contributed five assists with no miscues in a 69-57 win at NYU (Jan. 22) ... Scored the team's final 10 points of the game, going 10-for-10 at the charity stripe over the last 1:04 in a 77-71 win at Carnegie Mellon (Feb. 12) ... Played all 50 minutes of a double-overtime battle against Oglethorpe (Dec. 7) and picked up 18 points ... Named the D-III Player of the Year by the Georgia Basketball Coaches Association ... Compiled nine points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals in a 70-60 win at Piedmont (Jan. 13).

Freshman (2008-09):
Was a key contributor in the backcourt last season, seeing action in all 25 games and drawing a pair of starting assignments ... Averaged 18.0 minutes, 4.8 points and 2.5 assists per contest ... Ranked second on the team and tied for tenth among UAA players in assists ... In league games, he paced the squad and was sixth in the conference with a 2.9 per-game effort in assists ... Either led or shared for the team lead in assists in nine games ... Scored in double figures on two occasions including a season-high 13 points against Rochester (Feb. 1) in an 83-74 victory ... Fine all-around performance in the 80-79 double-overtime win at NYU (Feb. 22) with 11 points, five rebounds and a season-high nine assists in 38 minutes of action ... Hit a pair of charity tosses with 11 seconds left in the second OT that gave Emory a four-point edge ... Solid from the foul line, knocking down 81.6 percent (31-of-38) of his attempts ... First start came at LaGrange (Dec. 3) where he played 19 minutes ... Doled out seven assists and had just one tunrover in 21 minutes vs. Washington University (Jan. 18) ... Scored in 22 games.

High School:
Three-year letterwinner in basketball at Strake Jesuit Prep ... Was coached by Wayne Jones ... Served as his team's captain his junior and senior years ... Helped his club to a won-lost record of 27-7 in 2007-08, averaging 9.0 points and 4.5 assists per game ... Shot 89.0 percent from the foul line ... Landed all-district honors his final two seasons ... Recipient of the school's Kenneth McGregor Award, symbolic of dedication and leadership, in 2007 and 2008 ... Helped guided Strake Jesuit to a district title as a senior and a co-championship his junior campaign ... Earned a spot on the Class 5A All-Academic Basketball Team.

Personal:  Born November 17, 1989 ... Son of Jim and Amy Claunch.

Career Stats

2011-12 25-25 160-348 .460 45-123 .366 80-91 445 17.8 180 7.2
2010-11 25-25 137-287 .477 33-86 .384 105-120 412 16.5 186 7.4
2009-10 25-25 103-218 .472 35-87 .402 75-83 316 12.6 151 6.0
2008-09 25-2 39-89 .438 10-29 .345 31-38 119 4.8 63  2.5
TOTAL 100-77 439-942 .466 123-325 .378 291-332 1292  12.9 580  5.8

Career Highs

Points 27  University of Rochester, Jan. 7, 2012
  27 at New York University, Jan. 30, 2011
  26 Oglethorpe University, Nov. 17, 2010
  26 Oglethorpe University, Nov. 17, 2010
  25 Carnegie Mellon Univ., Jan. 23, 2011
  25 Maryville College, Nov. 28, 2010
  25 at University of Rochester, Feb. 27, 2010
Rebounds 8 Case Western, Jan. 22, 2012
  8 Oglethorpe University, Nov. 17, 2010 
Steals Oglethorpe University,  Nov. 17, 2010
  4 on 11 occasions
Assists 13 University of Chicago, Feb. 3, 2012
  12 Rhodes College, Dec. 29, 2011
  12 Washington University, Feb. 12, 2011
  12 New York University, Feb. 6, 2011
  12 Maryville College, Nov. 28, 2010
  11 Case Western Reserve, Jan. 21, 2011
  11 at Oglethorpe University, Nov. 19, 2009
  10 Washington University, Feb. 5, 2012
  10 LaGrange College, Nov. 30, 2011
  10 Carnegie Mellon, Jan. 23, 2011
  10 Greensboro College, Dec. 17, 2009
Blocks 2 at Carnegie Mellon, Feb. 8, 2009

Quote: "I chose Emory because of its perfect blend of strong athletics and great academics. The basketball team is a veryt close-knit group and the coaching staff is excellent."