No mention of great PC frontcourt players would be complete without this 6-foot, 9-inch standout from Crossroads School in California. Croshere gave notice of his potential in the Big East Tournament as a sophomore, and then established himself as a Third Team All-Big East player as a junior and a First Team player as a senior. Able to take the ball down low and post up, as well as step out and hit the three pointer, few players worked harder at improving than did Austin. Croshere led the team in scoring as a junior and senior and ranks 10th in career scoring with 1523 points. An excellent free throw shooter, he set a league and school record with 57 freebies in a row, and sparked PC to an NCAA Elite Eight run as a senior, scoring a career-high 39 points against Marquette in the first round.
Croshere led one of the most successful NBA careers of any Providence College Friar. The 12th pick in the 1997 Draft, Croshere played nine seasons with the Pacers. Always a threat from the outside, Croshere's all-around offensive game and knack for playing well in the postseason earned him a consistent spot in the Indiana rotation. Croshere's finest moments in the NBA came during the 2000 Finals, when he averaged 15.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Pacers in their matchup against the mighty Lakers. Croshere played for the Mavericks in 2006-07 and the Golden State Warriors in 2007-08. For his career, Austin averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.