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Austin Carr

Class of 2007


Austin Carr

  • Austin Carr

Birthdate: March 3, 1948
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
High School: Macklin Catholic High School (Washington, D.C.)
College: Notre Dame
Year Inducted: 2007

Out of Macklin High School in Washington, D.C., where he scored 2,124 points as a prep All-American, Austin Carr gave early indications of his collegiate greatness when he scored 52 points in a Freshman game against Michigan State. He was the most prolific scorer in Notre Dame history where he managed over 40 points on 23 occasions. He broke the 30 point plateau on 46 occasions and was never held under 20 points. It was not a case of Carr shooting until he got his average, either. He connected on 54 percent of his field goal attempts over his junior and senior seasons, leading the team both years. Carr still holds many scoring records at Notre Dame and remains the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,560 points from 1968-1971. He brought Notre Dame basketball to national prominence.

Austin Carr was the first player chosen in the 1971 NBA draft, following a brilliant career at Notre Dame where he averaged 34.6 points per game and was a two time All-American. That 34.6 points per game in 74 games ranks second only to Pete Maravich’s remarkable 44.2 figure. He currently holds the record for the most points in an NCAA tournament game – 61 points. Austin was named to the NBA All Rookie team in 1972 and he represented Cleveland in the 1974 NBA All Star Game.

Carr was further honored when his number, (34), was retired by the Cavaliers on January 3, 1981. In addition, Carr was selected to the Cavaliers All-Time Starting Five as selected by the fans. Austin finished his pro career with 10,473 career points in 11 seasons. He is currently the Director of Business and Community Development for the Cleveland Cavaliers.