Rayen’s Romuald Augustin helps bring Providence back to prominence


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Providence guard Romuald Augustin (4)

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (WKBN) – A basketball player who got his start at Rayen High School helped the Providence College team in Rhode Island to success.

Romuald Augustin found his way to the Big East by having a spectacular senior season (1998-99) at Rayen. The Tigers won the Canton District Final (by defeating GlenOak, 61-54) and then topping Akron Garfield (71-55) before eventually falling to Shaker Heights in the Division I Regional Final.

The 6’7 Augustin averaged a double-double (23 ppg, 11 rpg) that year.

Coach Tim Welsh – prior to his second season — brought Augustin in to help restore the program. Providence played in the Final 4 in 1987 and had won their first Big East Tournament title in 1994.

Augustin, as a freshman (1999-2000), averaged 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds while starting 23 games. The Friars finished 11-19.

In his sophomore season, however, Providence won the most Big East games in a single season (11) – which would be broken in 2019-20 (12). The Friars made their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years. Augustin started 29 of 31 games as he averaged 9.2 points while shooting 40.2% from three-point range.

During his final two seasons, Romauld would start in just 20 games (as he competed in only 28) before transferring to Bryant College for the 2003-04 season. However, he was a part of the rebirth of the Friar program.

Romuald Augustin, F/Providence
Career: 89 games played, 72 starts; 7.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 69.7% FT

Tournament Games
Mar. 24, 2003 (NIT Tournament) – Georgetown 67 Friars 58
Mar. 22, 2003 (NIT Tournament) – Friars 69 College of Charleston 64
Mar. 19, 2003 (NIT Tournament) – Friars 67 Richmond 49
Mar. 16, 2001 (NCAA Tournament) – Penn State 69 Friars 59

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October 31 – Holden from Mooney guides Louisville to tournament
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November 2 – Harding’s Davis drafted in 1st round of NBA Draft
November 3 – Marin shines at Duke and in the NBA
November 4 – Rayen’s Jones makes name for himself in Mountain State
November 5 – Liberty grad put together solid career at Duke
November 6 – Augustin helps lead Providence back to prominence
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