Bronco Men's Hoops Signs Two to NLIs
Nov. 12, 2014

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State men's basketball signed two high school seniors to National Letters of Intent, head coach Leon Rice announced Wednesday. Guards Malek Harwell (Pocatello, Idaho/Century HS) and Paris Austin (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS) will join the Broncos in 2015-16 as freshmen.

"We're excited to welcome these two into the Bronco basketball program," said Rice. "They're different kinds of players, but they share the same characteristics with their work ethic, desire to get better and terrific team-first attitude. Both are talented, hard-working winners and that's a great combination."

Harwell led Century to a runner-up finish at the Idaho 4A state tournament last spring as a junior, averaging 21.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He was named first-team all-state by the Idaho Statesman and was the Idaho State Journal's All-Area Player of the Year.

Harwell stands 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and is rated as a three-star prospect by every major recruiting service. He is regarded as the top prospect in the state of Idaho in the 2015 class.

"The most exciting thing about Malek is his tremendous upside," said Rice. "That, coupled with his work ethic and drive to be a great player, has this staff confident about his future at Boise State."

Austin guided Bishop O'Dowd to the championship game of the CIF Open Division State Tournament last season. The Dragons went 28-5, winning the Northern California Open Division and North Coast Section Division III titles. It was the third-straight CIF-NCS DIII championship for Bishop O'Dowd.

A first-team all-division and all-area performer as a junior, Austin averaged 17 points and five assists per game. He also helped Dream Vision AAU to the championship game of the Adidas Super64 tournament this summer. Rivals ranks Austin as the No. 142 recruit in the country in the class of 2015.

"There aren't many guards throughout the country that have Paris' feel for the game," said Rice. "He is a unique player because of his leadership and ability to make players around him better and our system will compliment his skill set perfectly."

Harwell and Austin will vie for their ultimate prep goals of state titles before arriving at Boise State in the summer.

"The most valuable thing they have is they're both winners. They want to work hard, they're always striving to improve and they're excited to be part of what we are building."

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