Boys Basketball: Austin Angel to attend UIC as preferred walk-on

Story Image Austin Angel of New Trier adds two with a twist against St. Rita. Patrick Gleason ~ For the Sun-Times

Updated: May 2, 2012 5:56PM

Ever since he started playing basketball, Austin Angel was someone who enjoyed all the aspects of the game.

The New Trier senior liked shooting, passing, rebounding and even defending.

“That’s what my dad stressed the most,” the 6-foot-4 guard said. “He didn’t want me to just be one kind of a player. He always told me I had to try and do everything I could to help a team win.”

A two-year starter, Angel was the most versatile player for the Trevians, and he will take his talents to Illinois-Chicago, where he will be a preferred walk-on for coach Howard Moore.

“One of the things he did really well for us was be a team defender,” New Trier coach Scott Fricke said. “He was always in the right spot, always making plays. He was the leader of our defense.”

Angel assisted the Trevians to a 23-6 record and a regional championship. New Trier ended its season with a loss to rival Evanston in the sectional semifinals.

An All-CSL South selection, Angel averaged 12 points a game, along with four rebounds and four assists.

“Austin does everything well,” Fricke said. “He really does. He can handle the ball, shoot it, set good screens and runs the floor.

“He’s going to continue to get better and better.”

Angel first noticed UIC when Moore watched him play a game this past season. The two then talked on the phone and discussed the possibilities.

Fricke said Angel picked the Flames over Division III Augustana and Division II Illinois-Springfield.

“I give all the credit to coach Howard Moore,” Angel said of his recruitment. “He gave me a position I couldn’t pass up. I can’t think of playing for a better coach. He invited me with open arms, and I thought it was a perfect fit.”

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