Orlando Magic sign second rounder James Augustine
The Orlando Magic have signed forward James Augustine, General Manager Otis Smith announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Augustine was selected in the second round (41st overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft.
Augustine (6’10”, 235, 2/27/84) played four seasons at the University of Illinois, averaging 10.1 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 1.1 apg., 1.03 stlpg. and 1.01 blkpg. in 137 career games. He became the first player in Illini history to record 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds and is the 12th player in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat. Augustine finished his collegiate career as Illinois’ all-time leader in rebounding (1,023) and field goal percentage (.617), ranked fourth in blocked shots (139) and 17th in scoring (1,383 points).
Last season (2005-06), Augustine averaged 13.6 ppg. and 9.1 rpg. and was named First Team All-Big Ten by the league coaches and Second Team by the media. He ranked second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (.624, ninth in nation) and third in rebounding. Augustine led the team in scoring 10 times and recorded 12 double-doubles.
During his junior campaign (2004-05), Augustine earned Third Team All-Big Ten honors, averaging 10.1 ppg. and 7.6 rpg. He led the team in rebounding (fifth in Big Ten) and blocked shots, while shooting a conference-best .621 from the field. Augustine was named Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player (12.7 ppg. and 10.3 rpg. in three games) and helped the Illini reach the NCAA Championship game.
Augustine was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore (2003-04), after leading the team (fourth in Big Ten) in rebounding, averaging 7.3 rpg. He averaged 7.0 ppg. and 5.8 rpg. during his freshman season (2002-03) and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
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