He played High School basketball at Lone Peak where he earned first-team all-state honors as a Senior. He was a member of the 2008 state title team and played with future Cougars Tyler haws and Josh Sharp. Austin was recruited by Boise State, Utah, and Utah State and served an LDS mission in McAllen, Texas.
At BYU he has played in every game since his Freshman season. He is one of the WCC’s top rebounders in in 2013-14 ranked 53rd in the nation in total rebounds. For BYU he has the 3rd most offensive rebounds in a single season, 2nd most personal fouls in a season and 5th most games started in a season. His BYU game highs include 12 points (at Stanford 2013), 16 rebounds (San Francisco), 4 assists (multiple times), 4 steals (Prairie View A&M), and 3 blocks (multiple times).
BYU Game Stats (*From BYUcougars.com)
|Hometown:||Highland, Utah||High School||Lone Peak HS|
|Last Team:||LPHS||AAU Team:||Salt Lake Metro|
|Position:||Power Forward||HT/WT:||6’10”, 210 lbs.|
|Profiles:||BYU Profile, MaxPreps Profile||Social Media||Facebook, Twitter (@RexosaurusRex)|
|Nat’l Rank:||81, Utah Rank: 2||Class:||2011|
|[usrlist Rivals:2 Scout:2 ESPN:2 avg=”true”]||Offers: Utah State|
High School Game Stats (*From DesNews)
|2005 – Fr|
|2006 – Soph||25||0.24|
|2007 – Jun||25||2.0|
|2008 – Sen||25||11.48|
Awards: Named first-team all-state (5A) by the Deseret News in 2008. Member of 2008 state title team.
- BYU basketball: Lone Peak junior commits to Y. – Dick Harmon, Deseret News, May 16, 2008
- Lone Peak’s Nate Austin commits to BYU – Beky Beaton, Daily Herald, May 14, 2008
- Dick Harmon: BYU’s Nate Austin shines in win over San Francisco – Dick Harmon, Deseret news, February 8, 2014
- BYU’s Nate Austin is Cougars’ unsung hero – Jason Shepherd, KSL, February 10, 2014