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The junior forward from Granger, Ind., gives insight into both his role for the 2015-16 season and his favorite Disney Princess.
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NCAA Tournament on March 19, 2015
No. 11/9 Notre Dame and No. 19 North Carolina square off in the championship game of the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament
JUNIOR SEASON (2015-16): A true energy guy off the bench ... has embraced his role within the program ... respected by the coaching staff and players for his high-energy play on the court and the passion he shows when he is in the game ... will be counted on to be a key reserve player ... plays well at both ends of the floor ... strong defensive player along the perimeter ... possesses good foot speed ... fearless around the basket and is one of Notre Dame's most aggressive rebounders ... unselfish player who will be a key to the team's success this season ... has shown a real maturity and worked hard to improve all facets of his game ... one of five Indiana natives on the Irish roster this season.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2014-15): Played in 27 contests in second season with Irish program after not seeing action during his freshman season in 2013-14 ... averaged 2.1 ppg. (55 points) and 1.6 rebounds (28 rebounds) in 7.1 minutes per game ... played in 14 ACC contests and averaged 5.4 minutes in those games ... played 10-plus minutes in 10 contests ... reached double figures for the first time in his career against Purdue at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis as he finished with 11 points ... came off the bench to play 13 minutes and hit 4-6 shots from the field ... also grabbed four rebounds versus the Boilermakers ... keyed Notre Dame's win at home versus Michigan State when he played a career-high 19 minutes, scored two points and grabbed four rebounds ... grabbed a personal-best six rebounds, scored five points and made two steals in 13 minutes off the bench in win at home against Wake Forest ... tallied his first collegiate basket in season opener versus Binghamton ... scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in third game of the season versus Coppin State ... made first appearance in an ACC game in Notre Dame's win over Florida State, scoring four points and grabbing two rebounds ... played 11 minutes in win at Georgia Tech ... scored two points in NCAA Championship second-round win over Northeastern.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2013-14): Did not play during his freshman season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played prep career at Penn High School in Mishawaka, Indiana ... averaged 18.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks in his senior season while shooting 60.0 percent from the field ... tallied triple-double with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots on Dec. 8, 2012, in 70-59 victory over Fort Wayne South ... had 20 or more points in 11 of 22 games in final prep season ... led Penn to Northern Indiana Conference (NIC) crown in 2013 ... played on same MBA Select AAU Team as current Irish teammate Demetrius Jackson ... two-time team captain and two-time all-NIC honoree ... averaged 10.0 points and 7.2 rebounds as a junior.
PERSONAL: Full name is Austin Michael Torres ... born in South Bend, Indiana ... son of Rick and Brenda Torres ... mother Brenda is a Notre Dame graduate and played soccer for the Fighting Irish women's soccer team (1990-93) ... grandfather Bernie Gorski attended Notre Dame ... oldest of three children ... has a younger brother Anthony and younger sister Alyssa ... represents men's basketball team on Notre Dame Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a management consulting major.