Pike casts lot with Central Baptist College

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Austin Pike signed letter of intent to play basketball at Central Baptist. Pictured with Pike are his parents, Kevin Pike and Terry Lynn Hinklin, and assistant coaches, Marty Williford, Cody Edgar and Brandon Ballard, and head coach Bill Taylor.

Austin Pike, one of Buffalo Island Central's all-time basketball greats, inked a letter of intent with Central Baptist College of Conway Wednesday morning at the Mustang Athletic Complex in Monette.

The 6'4" Pike was instrumental in leading the Mustangs to consecutive state tournament appearances the past two seasons, including a spot in the Elite Eight in 2014 and a Final Four showing this past year. BIC won 54 games over the last two years and captured a pair of 2A-3 District Championships.

The versatile Pike played several positions for BIC, including point guard, shooting guard and the post. A two-time All-State selection, Pike finished his Mustang career with 1979 points. Pike scored 1448 points over the last two seasons while grabbing 763 rebounds in addition to dishing out 398 assists. During Pike's senior campaign, the three-time all-conference performer pumped in 21.8 points per contest while snaring 11.3 rebounds per game. Pike was also a force on the defensive end of the floor, blocking 158 shots on the year while altering many more.

Austin Pike signs to play basketball at Central Baptist College.

"I am really excited for the opportunity to play college ball," Pike said. "Not every player gets that chance. I am ready to go and I'm looking forward to stepping up to the next level. I need to work on the weights and get stronger. I'll probably start out at the three-spot, but I can also play the two-guard. I need to keep working on my shot. It's going to be different, but I'm really excited to see what I can do to help the team."

BIC Head Coach Bill Taylor said Pike's legacy is putting the Mustang program back on track the last two seasons. "Austin is on the short list of the best to have ever played at BIC," Taylor said. "He does everything well. He was a great leader and an excellent teammate. CBC Coach Wes Sullivan understands and appreciates his talent."

Pike, son of Kevin Pike and Terry Lynn and Kenny Hinklin, was also recruited by Southeast Missouri State, Henderson State, Williams Baptist College, West Georgia College and Cincinnati Christian.

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