Austin's scoring rebounds has helped Deary Mustangs get to districts

EARY, ID - Picking up a basketball in the third grade, Deary high school's Austin Rickert followed in the footsteps of not only his father, but many other family members as well.

"My dad played, my cousins played, my uncle played," said Austin. "I loved watching it when I was little, I love the sport."

Being a part of a team that has played not only high school ball together but also AAU, has made hitting the court even more enjoyable.

"We're a pretty close team," said Austin. "We've all played with each other since fifth grade so we're all close."

This year, Deary will finish with a winning record and a fair shot at doing well in districts. As captain, Austin has helped the Mustangs get there by leading the team in scoring rebounds, a feat that his coach said he doesn't really talk about.

"He's kind of quiet and unassuming, a pretty humble kid," said Deary Head Coach Ron Lovell. "He's just the kind of kid that you wouldn't mind your daughter dating."

Austin attributes his success on the court to his parents who did all they could to make sure he was able to do everything he wanted when it came to basketball.

"They would do anything to get me to practice, to get me to games," said Austin. "I remember with AAU, getting up at 5 o'clock in the morning to get to practice and they'd take me anywhere I wanted to go for basketball, do any camps I needed, whatever I wanted for basketball they'd do it."

That support has obviously paid off and Austin hopes to continue playing next year either for LCSC or maybe even for his favorite team.

"I like the Gonzaga Bulldogs," said Austin. "I don't like pro, I just never have. College is where it's at and hopefully next year I will be playing with them."

With districts starting soon, the Mustangs are looking to make their mark and Deary's Austin Rickert will be right there pumping up his team and putting up impressive numbers, just has he has done all season earning him the honor of being this week's P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week.