Etherington makes the call: It’s Indiana

When Austin Etherington met with a small group of reporters following Indiana Elite Team Indiana’s opening game of the July evaluation period in Cincinnati, the 2011 wing had no timetable for making a decision on his college destination.

Indiana, Xavier and Butler were hot in pursuit and interest in the Hamilton Heights standout was quickly gaining momentum. Fast forward one month and Etherington is the second member of Indiana’s 2011 recruiting class.

Inside the Hall caught up with Etherington on Monday evening following his commitment for a Q & A:

On the decision to commit early to Indiana:

“I knew that I wanted to stay close because of my family. The only schools that I was really waiting on were out of state schools. I knew that I needed to go ahead and get it over with and I knew that I wanted to go to IU so I didn’t want to wait any longer.”

On the moment he realized he wanted to go to Indiana:

“When I went there for the visit, I loved the campus and the whole coaching staff. I just didn’t know how to react because the whole process was new. When I was in Las Vegas, I started telling myself I wanted to go to IU because I knew that’s what I wanted to do. When I got back I talked to my dad and my family and they felt like it was the right choice for me.”

On delivering the news of the commitment to Tom Crean:

“I called him today and just told him. He was real excited because he’s always been wanting to coach me. So now that he gets the chance to he was real happy and ready to coach me.”

On what he’ll need to work on the next two years and where he sees himself playing at the next level:

“I’m just going to work hard and get better at every aspect of my game. I’m going to prove myself that I’m capable of playing there and just become the best player I can be. I’ll probably play the two or the three. Hopefully, it’s the two but I need to work on my ball handling and be able to guard the two and work on that.”

  • hoosierboy

    He is still young wih Loads of potential. If he works really hard on improving his ball handling and defensive quickness he will be GREAT! Cant wait to have you.

  • CutterInChicago

    Etherington has TUP… Tremendous Upside Potential. Or in the immortal words of John Thompson, “Very Unlimited Tremendous Upside Potential”

  • Kelin Blab

    I have not seen tape of AE but I have heard he is far far more than a shooter, but he can shoot it very well….

  • Kelin Blab

    Kids …..something is brewing here…..Here is what I read in the Muncie Paper online….about Jeremiah Davis…..

    Davis confirmed Monday night that Etherington called him afterward and recommended that he follow suit.

    “I talked to him about going there, too, and he said he likes it a lot, so it could happen,” Etherington said in a story on Indiana.rivals.com.

    When questioned by The Star Press about a possible commitment, Davis said, “I have to talk it over with my family. My family and my friends.”

    “Indiana is a great school – they’re one of the tops on my list,” Davis said in a story on Indiana.scout.com. “I love Coach Crean and his style of play. He says I’m a very big priority for him.”

    Davis reiterated that statement when pressed on the possibility of a commitment in the next 24 hours.
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    The floodgates could be about to burst in Bloomington…..I have read Davis may be ready to pull the trigger to IU late last week………did you hear that Purdue?

  • BFowler

    Welcome, Austin, we will be rooting for you. Here's hoping you will be part of something great at IU.

    On another topic (kind of), I was reading the poll question today and it struck me that the dichotomy of answers in that situation isn't as black-and-white as it may seem. There are decommittments and recommittments and all kinds of committments. (See: Eric Gordon, Austin Rivers, Josh Selby, DeMarcus Cousins, et. al.)

    It may be reported by some that a kid has accepted, then do you just back-off without hearing from the kid himself? Do you want to spend recruiting resources on a kid that has already committed? What if he re-opens his recruiting and you have stayed away even though the kid never said he did not want you to call? Then you are behind. 16, 17 and 18 year olds are prone to change their minds frequently.

    I would say, until the kid has said, “Do not recruit me anymore, I have committed to (whatever school),” you have to recruit him. Even at that, you may part with, “If you change your mind, let me know.” If that means until signing day, or it means when he is a sophomore and decided he does not like your school, but is still open to others. Until then, the kid is fair game.

  • JerryCT

    I agree. Even if we donot land Irving we are “in process” on something special when compared to the past ie since the later Knight years.

    More importantly I donot think our staff has the glaring weaknesses that Knight, Davis and KS showed. We have a coach who can recruit, coach, entertain the media, works well with administrators and is within the rules. The other guys did not have all of that in one package.

    Etherington made a great choice and at the right time.

  • because it's Indiana

    Any updates on Terrence Jones? I haven't heard his name mentioned for awhile. I know we are all about KI, but Jones is another 5 star that showed some interest.

  • steventexas

    It all sounds nice but I like to see Indiana focus on highly ranked recruits. I've learned from football – we read all the accolades from these recruits and then we always rank at the bottom of Big Ten recruiting- are we doing this for basketball now?

    Of course all our recruits are full of upside potential- I've heard it a million times- let's get some top 10 recruits – they might have upside potential too

  • steventexas

    It all sounds nice but I like to see Indiana focus on highly ranked recruits. I've learned from football – we read all the accolades from these recruits and then we always rank at the bottom of Big Ten recruiting- are we doing this for basketball now?

    Of course all our recruits are full of upside potential- I've heard it a million times- let's get some top 10 recruits – they might have upside potential too

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