Axed Oregon player Austin enrolls at Northwest Florida St. junior college

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Former Providence and Oregon player Brandon Austin has enrolled at Northwest Florida State junior college, the school said.

Austin was recently dismissed from Oregon after a sexual assault investigation. The charges were dropped. Austin transferred from Providence before playing a game after being suspended for the season. It was later reported he was involved in a sexual assault investigation; the charges were also dropped.

"The college has decided to give this young man an opportunity to continue his education," head coach Steve DeMeo said. "We have the experience, support and resources to help Brandon get back on track towards graduating and help him be a successful student athlete on and off the court.”

Austin was reported to be enrolling at Hutchinson Community College, but the administration declined to accept him.

“One of the primary goals of our athletic programs is to give student athletes the chance to succeed, to grow, and to develop," President Dr. Ty Handy of Northwest Florida said. "This sometimes means a student transfers to us from a premier university program. Our goal as educators is to provide a solid experience for him or her with a focus on preparing that student athlete to return to the university level, and to continue their college education.”

Austin was a former top-50 recruit in the class of 2013, and was expected to be an immediate impact freshman for Providence last season.

“We are confident in our ability to provide Brandon with the infrastructure and support system our student-athletes need in order to be successful in the classroom, on the court, and in the community," athletic director Ramsey Ross. "At our level of athletics, we have a unique and powerful opportunity to provide student-athletes a setting to improve their lives by continuing to pursue their educational and athletic goals, and Brandon will be no different in that regard.”

Austin, a 6-foot-6 small forward, is eligible to play this season for Northwest Florida.

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