OTH FIRST FIVE 2022: No. 1 Austin Cripe

West Noble’s Austin Cripe during June’s PFW Shootout.

No. 1: Austin Cripe, West Noble

There is no basketball player in the area as absolutely smooth as a true basketball player than Austin Cripe. That may cause controversy to say, bit if you have seen Cripe play anytime in his career, especially lately then you know just how effortless he makes every facet of the game look. Cripe takes over games with such fluidity, it has made West Noble a top contender in the NECC and has people considering the Chargers for a possible deep run in the 2023 postseason even. He is a 1,000-plus point performer and there is not a spot on the court that isn’t a hot zone for Cripe, a true three level scorer and then some. Cripe averaged 23 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and is just an absolute problem and program changer. What Cripe does game in and game out is just gutty and as I know I have said before, his defense is almost criminally underrated because of how much he is known for his offense. He cuts off gaps, puts his body on the line to get into passing lanes or cut down drives to the rim and averaged 3.1 steals per game last season with 10 games of 4 our more steals including seven against Homer (MI) and blocked three shots twice.


“We have asked a lot from Austin Cripe since his freshman year and he continues to deliver for us. Austin is our captain. He has put in a tremendous amount of time working on his game. He is a long and athletic guard that can score at all three levels. He is a great passer and always looks to make the right play in the moment. The refreshing thing about Austin is that he just wants his team to win – whatever that looks like for him, he’s fine with. He simply wants his team to win.” – West Noble coach Ethan Marsh

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