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2013-14: Austin Haldorson appeared in 15 games for Wyoming in 2013-14, including double-digit minutes in two contests. His top performance was five points, a rebound and two blocks in a career-high 20 minutes against Colorado State on March 8. He went 2-of-4 from the field, including a three, versus the Rams. He finished the season with eight points, six rebounds, five blocks and two steals and averaged five minutes of action per game.
2012-13: Haldorson played in 26 games for Wyoming during the 2012-13 season, including double-digit minutes in seven games. He posted a career-high seven points in 12 minutes of action against South Dakota on Nov. 15. Haldorson finished the season with 29 points, 22 rebounds, four steals and three assists. He played in a career-high 15 minutes twice, including at Air Force on Feb. 26. He also served on the scout team. In the classroom, he was named to the MW Academic-All Conference team.
Before Wyoming: One of the top prospects in the state of Colorado for 2012-13, Haldorson played his prep career under coach Bob Caton at Class 5A Highlands Ranch High School. He was ranked as the seventh-best prep player in Colorado by ESPN with a Scouts Grade of 80 points out of a possible 100.
During his senior season in 2011-12, Haldorson guided the Falcons to their second-straight appearance in the "Final Four" of the state tournament, before falling to future UW teammate Josh Adams and Chaparral High School. Haldorson earned First-Team All-State honors and helped guide the team to a 23-4 overall mark during the season, as he averaged 18.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He scored in double figures in 26 of Highland's 27 games during the season with 13 double-doubles. He also set a single-game record with 13 blocks against Rock Canyon, as he was two points away from a triple-double in the game.
As a junior, Haldorson averaged 12 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game on a team that went 24-2 to advance to the "Final Four" of the state tournament.
During his sophomore campaign, he contributed 3.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks to help Highlands Ranch reach the "Elite Eight" with a 21-5 record.
Haldorson was an AAU teammate of current UW teammate Josh Adams on the Next Level under-17 Elite Team that was coached by former Duke player Marty Clark. The team participated in tournaments in Las Vegas and Anaheim, Calif., the summer after his junior season.
Personal: The son of Brian and Karen Haldorson, Austin was born on Jan. 30, 1994, in Littleton, Colo. He has two sisters, Marisa and Brooke. Austin is the grandson of University of Colorado All-American Burdette Haldorson, who was named to the 1956 and 1960 U.S. Olympic teams. Burdette is a member of CU's Athletic Hall of Fame and his number (22) is retired. Austin is majoring in business administration at Wyoming. He was also recruited by Nevada, Air Force, Denver, Saint Louis, Princeton and South Dakota.