Less than an hour ago, Chase Audige ’17 announced his transfer from William & Mary to Northwestern University. The former Bear will take his prodigious talents to one of the most storied conferences in college basketball. Here is the write-up from 247Sports.
Chase Audige will officially transfer from William & Mary and plans to attend Northwestern, he tells 247Sports.
“I just felt like it was the best opportunity for school, basketball, academics and I just love the city,” Audige said.
“A big part of it was coach [Chris] Collins,” he added. “I feel like we are similar, we are both underdogs in a way, and we both have chips on our shoulder, and we are about winning. The coaches on his staff really emulate that. The team is great, a group of great guys.”
Audige, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard out of New York, said he considered Wake Forest, and the option of William & Mary and playing for the new staff. In the end, Northwestern won him over on his visit.
“When I was there, I was like ‘wow,’ ” he said. “I could see myself being there, and everything about it was great.”
As a freshman at William & Mary, Audige averaged 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists a game. He also made 39 three-pointers at a 37.1-percent clip.
“I’m a very competitive dude,” Audige said.
Audige will sit this coming season and then will have three years of eligibility.
Here is the press release from Northwestern:
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Collins has announced the addition of Chase Audige to the Wildcats’ roster as a transfer. Audige played his rookie campaign at William & Mary and he will sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2020-21.
“We are very excited with the addition of Chase Audige to the Northwestern basketball family,” said Collins. “Chase is a terrific athlete with a high skill level that will bring toughness and competitiveness into our program. He is a high-character individual with a commitment to bettering himself, and those around him, on and off the court.”
The Coram, NY, native played in 31 games last season, making 21 starts, and averaged 9.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.4 assists and shot 37% from behind the arc. A 6-foot-4 guard, he pulled in a number of honors in his first collegiate season, including Colonial Athletic Association’s All-Rookie Team honors, VaSID State Rookie of the Year, three CAA Rookie of the Week awards, and was named William & Mary’s co-Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Audige turned up his play during league action, tallying 11 points per game, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting 40.3% from deep in 18 contests against CAA opponents. He finished the year fourth in the CAA with 1.5 steals per game and his 44 steals on the season ranked second in William & Mary history.
The athletic guard scored in double figures on 13 occasions for the Tribe, including a pair of 20-point performances. Audige scored a career-high 24 points at UNC Wilmington, shooting 8-of-11 from the field to finish with 24 points. Against St. Joseph’s, he knocked down five triples on seven attempts to finish with 20 points.
Audige finished a sensational freshman campaign with the Tribe by earning a spot on the CAA All-Rookie Team and winning the VaSID Rookie of the Year Award. He entered the NCAA transfer portal in the wake of head coach Tony Shaver’s firing. He was ranked #40 on ESPN‘s list of 2020-21 eligible transfers.