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Senior Spotlight — Austin Mack

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Princeton High School senior cager Austin Mack lists the late Princeton Christian Academy coach Larry Busch for having the the greatest influence on his athletic career, "because he inspired me to never give up no matter what." The person with the greatest influence on his life is an easy one to pick: his mother. His most unforgettable moment was winning state championship high jump my eighth-grade year while the ultimate sports fantasy for the Tiger would be to play one-on-one with Michael Jordan.

Name: Austin Mack.

Nicknames: Macky, Big Mack, A-Mack, Mack Daddy, Mr. President.

School: Princeton High School.

Date/Place of birth: Oct. 8, 1994, Chicago, Ill.

Hometown: Princeton.

Family: Mother, Leslye; Grandmother, Gloria; aunt, Carol; uncle, Steve; uncle Dave; aunt, Vicky; and cousins Ivan, Gus, Ellyse and Fritz.

Sports: Basketball.

Favorite sport and why: Basketball because it’s just plain fun.

Favorite food and where to get it: Deep dish pizza from Gino’s East Pizzeria in Chicago.

Likes: Sleep, video games, good food and lifting weights.

Dislikes: Homework and loud mufflers.

Person with the greatest influence on my athletic career: (PCA coach) Larry Busch because he inspired me to never give up no matter what.

Person with the greatest influence on my life: My mom.

If stranded on a deserted island, I would have to have my: cell phone to call someone to pick me up.

The CD in my player at home/car is: A mix of Earth, Wind and Fire, Notorius B.I.G. and Tech Nque.

People would be surprised to know that: I have an extra finger on each hand.

I stay home to watch: “The Walking Dead.”

When I need luck for a big game, I: listen to music and relax.

The funniest person I’ve ever met: Tony Nordstrom because he says and does the most random things that are hysterical.

What they’ll say about me at school after I graduate: Was a blast to have in class.

Most embarrassing moment: Getting dunked on in a game against Orion last year.

Most unforgettable moment: Winning state championship high jump my eighth-grade year.

Ultimate sports fantasy: Play one-on-one with Michael Jordan.

What I would like to do in life: Work for the F.B.I. and maybe coach basketball.

Three words that best describe me: Tall and hard working.


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