Earl Austin Jr.

Earl Austin Jr.
Earl Austin Jr. has been covering basketball at all levels in the St. Louis metropolitan area for 30 years. He is an award-winning sportswriter and a fixture on local radio and television shows in St. Louis. Earl is currently the sports editor of the St. Louis American, the top African-American newspaper in the United States. He is also beginning his 25th season as the radio color analyst for the Saint Louis University men’s basketball program. He is also a historian who has published books and produced DVD’s on St. Louis basketball history. He maintains his passion for hoops as he tracks the young talent in the Show-Me State on a year-around basis. Earl played collegiate basketball in Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. A 1986 graduate, he is still the school’s career scoring leader. Earl was inducted into the Lindenwood Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007. He had his jersey retired in 2014.

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Israel Potoczny

Israel Potoczny
Israel Potoczny has nearly a decade's worth of experience covering high school and grassroots basketball as the publisher of swmobasketball.com. After serving in the US Navy, he attended both Missouri Western State University and Missouri State University where he was an english/journalism student. He has nearly a dozen years experience covering high school and college sports as the Sports Editor of The Daily Record in Lebanon, Mo. and has worked for a host of other publications over the years, including the Ozarks Sports Zone and Springfield News-Leader.

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Justin Hawkins

Justin Hawkins
Justin Hawkins has coached high school basketball and baseball, including one summer as the coach of a 14U AAU team. Previously, Justin graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Computer Science. However, his first love has always been sports. He has followed high school sports all over the country since graduating from high school, especially around the Missouri/Kansas area. Justin now works for Cerner as a Technical Support Engineer and has been employed there for five years.

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