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Austin Dufault
Player Profile:
Austin Dufault 176764
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 225
Year: Senior
City/State: Killdeer, N.D.
High School: Killdeer HS
Experience: 4 Letters

Career: Finished his four years setting the school record for most games played in a career (136) and career conference games played (66) • Became the 19th player in CU history to finish his career with 1,000 points/500 rebounds (1,076 pts./529 rebs.) • As a four-year starter, helped lead CU to a 53-16 home record (.768) and a 32-4 mark (.889) over the last two seasons at the Coors Events Center • Second in starts (130), seventh in minutes (3,439), 23rd in rebounding (529) and 25th in scoring (1,076) • Most Improved (voted by the players) • Most Inspirational (voted by the players) • One of three finalists for the Male Career Athlete of the Year Award at the 12th Annual CUSPY Awards (CU Sports Performers of the Year) • Part of a senior class that set the school mark for most wins over a four-year career (72-64, .529, 2008-2012) • Helped Colorado earn its first NCAA Tournament berth since the 2002-03 season (nine years) and only the third NCAA Tournament appearance since 1968-69 (43 years) • A key contributor during CU's Pac-12 Conference Tournament Championship team earning an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament winning four games in four days at the Staples Center in Los Angeles • Of active Pac-12 players, finished seventh in career rebounding (529) and eighth in career scoring (1,076).

2011-12 (senior): Capped his senior season with a personal-best of 398 points with 11.1 points per game average • Also made 151 field goals, also a season-high • Over his junior and senior years, made over 51 percent of his shots • Played all 36 games with 35 starts • Also averaged 27.1 minutes, 4.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists and shot 48.6 percent from the floor • Netted 23 games in scoring double figures and grabbed five or more rebounds in 16 games • Recorded one double-double in season opener with an 18-point, 10-rebound performance against Fort Lewis College (Nov. 11) • Best scoring game occurred at California (Jan. 12) with 19 points along with six rebounds • Grabbed conference-best nine boards in road win at Utah (Feb. 18) • Shot over 50 percent from the field in 19 games • Scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting in home win over Washington State (Jan. 7) and scored 15 points in victory over California (Feb. 26) in last home game played at the Coors Events Center • In four games at the Pac-12 Tournament in Los Angeles averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per games, in addition to 72.7 percentage at the free throw line (8-of-11) • The 14 wins at home during senior campaign ties for second in school history, only behind last year's 18 victories.

2011 Summer: Competed with Athletes In Action on a two-week tour of Macedonia and Kosovo in Eastern Europe (May 25-30).

2010-11 (junior): Tied three school records during the season: games played (38), starts (38), single-season fouls (112) • Averaged 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks • Averaged 22.2 minutes a game • Shot .523 from the field (104-of-199) and .629 from the free throw line (39-of-62) • One of five players that shot 50 percent or better from the field • Second in blocked shots (21), sixth in steals (23) and points scored (252) • Led team in blocked shots six times (twice shared), rebounding three times (one shared), once in assists and steals (one shared) • Netted double digits nine times with a season-best 18 points in home win over Maryland Eastern Shore (Dec. 29) • Shot 50 percent from the floor 27 times, 14 times over 60 percent • Season-high nine rebounds in road win over Cal State Bakersfield (Jan. 2) • 17 games with five or rebounds in a game; six games with seven or more • Tied for 15th in Big 12 Conference-only blocked shots (0.9) leaders.

2009-10 (sophomore): Played in all 31 games with 26 starts • Averaged 21.5 minutes, 5.5 points and 3.1 rebounds per game • Recorded first career double-double with 14 points and a career-best 11 rebounds against Arizona at the EA Sports/Maui Invitational (Nov. 24) • Six double-digit scoring games • Seven games with five or rebounds in a game • Fourth in rebounding (95) and tied for second in offensive rebounds (28) • In 26 starts, averaged 6.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and made 46.1 percentage of his shots (59-for-128) • Played as season-high 33 minutes at Texas A&M (Jan. 23) and scored 13 points.

2008-09 (freshman): Named one of three CUSPY's (CU Sports Performers of the Year) finalists in the Male Freshman Athlete of the Year Award category • Started all 31 games averaging 30.7 minutes, 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game • Scored 254 points ranking 11th among CU freshmen and his 115 rebounds ranked 12th among all CU freshmen • Third in team scoring, rebounding, and defensive rebounding (89); fourth overall in minutes (30.7) • One of three on the team to have started all 31 games • Fifth among all conference freshmen in scoring and rebounding (all games played) • Led CU in scoring twice with a season-best 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting (.643) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (Dec. 23) • His 15 points and five rebounds against Missouri (Feb. 21) led CU in both categories for the first time • Season-best seven rebounds at Iowa State (Feb. 11) and at SMU (Jan. 5) • Big 12-best 13 points at Oklahoma (Feb. 7) • Played a season-high 42 minutes against Texas (eight points, five rebounds) • Recorded 12 games in double-digits (four conference); 12 games shooting 50 percent or better from the field; led team in rebounding six times (four conference); five or more rebounds 13 times (eight conference); and played 35+ minutes seven times (four conference) • Logged 30+ minutes 20 times • First CU student-athlete from North Dakota since Ozzie Carlson (1960-61, Valley City).

Killdeer HS: Averaged 26 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks as a senior • Only unanimous selection to the Class B all-state boys basketball team • Only repeat first-team selection by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association • Named North Dakota Mr. Basketball • Helped the Cowboys to the regional tournament and a 14-8 record senior year • Played the varsity for five years and over that span went 81-34 (.704) • Two-time all-state first team (Class B) selections; a three-time All-Region 7 (Class B) and All-District 14 (Class B recipient; and during his senior campaign named Gatorade and Powerade Player of the Year, and was a McDonald's All-American nominee • Averaged 20.7 ppg. and 9.3 rpg. from his sophomore through senior seasons • His 26-point scoring average as a senior was a school record • Holds school marks in seasonal points (570), rebounds in a season (222), rebounds in a single game (18), points tallied in a game (career-high 42 pts.) • As a junior, averaged 20 points and eight rebounds per game leading team to 19 wins • Lettered five times each in basketball and golf, and three times in football • In football was an all-conference and all-region selection junior year • In golf, member of team that placed second at 2007 state tournament, third in 2008; named all-state golfer in 2008; Competed at the state tournament four consecutive years • Member of four Cowboy basketball championship teams: 2008 District 14; 2007 Roughrider Holiday Tournament; 2007 Grand Am Tournament; and 2007 ECI Reebok A Division Championship team (in Las Vegas) • Played in the Reebok Summer Championships in Las Vegas in June 2007, and was a member of the North Dakota Lions All-Star game, July, 2008 • Graduated fifth in his class with high honors.

Academics: Graduated in May 2012 with a degree in psychology.  

Personal: Born Austin Lee Dufault on January 3, 1990 in Dickinson, N.D. • Son of Rich and Karen Dufault • Has an older sister, Amber, and a younger brother, Zach • Father was his high school basketball coach • Grew up in a small town approximately 800 people in the western part of the state • Enjoys hunting, fishing and running in his spare time.

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