#15 Adrian Autry
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6'4"   Guard
HS: Tolentine Bronx, NY
Born: 2/28/1972 Monroe, NC
Season Stats
Season Cl Pos G GS Min FG FGA % FT FTA % 3Pt 3PA % Asst Reb DReb OReb Fls DQ TO ST BS Pts PPG APG RPG
1990-91 Fr G 31 30 1030 106 264 40.2% 62 88 70.5% 26 82 31.7% 164 79
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104 2 112 62 4 300 9.7 5.3 2.6
1991-92 So G 31 28 1014 109 297 36.7% 90 128 70.3% 33 99 33.3% 123 126
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97 0 102 48 6 341 11.0 4.0 4.1
1992-93 Jr G 29 28 921 140 324 43.2% 83 104 79.8% 33 109 30.3% 161 106 74 32 84 4 102 58 5 396 13.7 5.6 3.7
1993-94 Sr G 30 30 1072 178 396 45.0% 98 125 78.4% 47 127 37.0% 183 145 117 28 77 1 115 49 10 501 16.7 6.1 4.8
Career    
121
119
4037
533
1281
41.6%
333
445
74.8%
139
417
33.3%
631
456
+191
+60
362
7
431
217
25
1538
12.7
5.2
3.8

Adrian 'Red' Autry was the starting point guard for Syracuse basketball for four seasons. He was a big guard (6'4"), who could drive to the hoop and take advantage of his size, and take the perimeter shot when needed. Autry was a good playmaker, and a strong rebounder as a guard. He was also a solid free throw shooter who developed into a very reliable shooter by his junior season. Autry was not a quick player, but his size enabled him to be a very effective passer, and strong in the zone defensive scheme.

Autry replaced sophomore Michael Edwards as the starting point guard his first season at Syracuse. It was a team with a excellent front court of Billy Owens, Dave Johnson, and Leron Ellis, and the team needed a solid point guard. Autry met that need, and help guide the Orangemen to a 26-4 regular season, winning the Big East regular season title. The Orangemen would stumble in both their post season games, and finish at 26-6, but an excellent season overall. Autry would be named to the Big East All Rookie Team.

Autry felt more pressure at the point this sophomore season with the departure of Owens. Whereas Owens handled some of the playmaking duties the previous season, and was the man keyed by all defensive schemes, the loss of Owens allowed opposing defenses to put more pressure on Autry. Autry and Mike Hopkins formed a formidable defensive duo in Syracuse's zone defense as they two were 6'4" and 6'5" respectively. Syracuse would end up winning the Big East tournament over Georgetown 56-54.

Autry became a more prominent scorer his junior season, second on the team in scoring behind Lawrence Moten. Autry had become an excellent free throw shooter, making nearly 80% of his attempts. He would score 31 points and have 10 assists in a 95-79 victory over Pitt. The Orangemen were banned from postseason play that season, so no post season heroics for the Orangemen. Autry would make the Big East 3rd Team his junior season.

Autry became a star point guard his senior season, averaging over six assists a game and nearly seventeen points. He had developed into an effective three point shooter, and he, Moten, and John Wallace were a solid scoring trio. Autry would have a stellar game against Kentucky leading the Orangemen to a 93-85 victory. He would score 30 points going 10-15 from the floor, 6-6 from the free throw line, and 4-7 from three point range, and he added 10 assists to top that off.

Against Missouri in the Sweet Sixteen Autry would have another stellar game, gathering 31 points, although that was not enough as the Orangemen would lose 98-88. Autry would be named to the All Big East First Team.

Autry would go undrafted in the NBA, and instead play over in Europe for several seasons. He played in Istanbul, Turkey from 1995-1996, German from 1997 to 1999, Italy from 1999 to 2001, France from 2002 to 2003, and in Poland from 2004 to 2005. Autry would come back to the United States and get involved in coaching at the AAU level, eventually coaching high school basketball and moving to the NCAA as an assistant coach for Virginia Tech. In 2011, Autry would become an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse, joining Jim Boeheim's staff.

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