Fan Report: Austin Etherington

  • 01/30/2010 9:46 am in

The following report was written and submitted by ITH reader Dannon Brown (dphattybrown), who got a chance to watch Austin Etherington on Friday night. If you attend games of IU signees, commitments or potential recruits, send us a report to tips@insidethehall.com and it may appear in this very space.

I went to watch Tipton at Hamilton Heights last night and here’s my take on the game.

Austin Etherington drew the challenge of guarding 7-0 Ohio bound Ethan Jacobs.  I would say at 6-6 Austin rose to the challenge. He is not afraid to get physical and showed quite a bit of toughness on the block. In dealing with the height disadvantage he also did a very good job of showing his basketball knowledge in playing the leverage and position game with Jacobs. Ethan ended up with 14 points in a game in which he was guarded primarily by Etherington and his brother, Alex, who is a 6-3 freshman.

On the offensive side of the ball, Austin went for a quiet 19 points. He seemed to have a hard time in the low post as Tipton really did a good job on help defense. In the second half when Hamilton Heights was having trouble scoring they went to Austin for their scoring needs. They began running plays to get him the ball up top and allow him to create off the dribble. He hit two pull up 15-footers and got to the line a handful of times. I would say of the 19 points Austin scored on the night, 12-14 came in the second half and most of that in the 4th quarter when his team needed it most. He hit 9 of 14 free throws.

There wasn’t a great chance to get a good look at Alex Etherington, but what I did see was awesome. He is an exceptional athlete with an aggresive physical nature. His offensive game isn’t as polished as Austin’s is but can really get to the basket.

My grades for Austin Etherington:

Offense: B+ – It will be fun to watch next week against a smaller team, but he struggled a bit against the height of Tipton and that will be key in the Big Ten.

Defense: A –  The highlight of the game was an above the rim block on Jacobs. This was face-to-face and not a blindside block. He had another block on a fast break in which he easily got up to 11 feet for the block.

Intangibles: B – Austin ran the break a couple of times and did a great job of finding the trailer. He can create off the dribble but really only has a first move to do so, if he gets cut off from his first move he doesn’t have spin or double crossover that he can go to. He’s a good passer from virtually anywhere on the floor, but will need to work on his outside shot to become a true offensive weapon.

In the end, being an IU fan from birth I can say that I am very excited to see Austin come play for the Hoosiers.

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  • vslice

    I watched the game on TV as well. Yea, Austin is going to be good, but it was a struggle all night with the height of Tiptons center. Honestly, Austin's brother Alex looked very good. The article had it right, this kid is super aggressive but in a good way. No timidness what so ever, as he looked to score, slash, and fight through the defense when he had a chance. I would like to see his brother follow right behind him at IU. As a Senior and Sophomore combo post players at IU they could be a lot of fun to watch!!!!!

  • vslice

    I watched the game on TV as well. Yea, Austin is going to be good, but it was a struggle all night with the height of Tiptons center. Honestly, Austin's brother Alex looked very good. The article had it right, this kid is super aggressive but in a good way. No timidness what so ever, as he looked to score, slash, and fight through the defense when he had a chance. I would like to see his brother follow right behind him at IU. As a Senior and Sophomore combo post players at IU they could be a lot of fun to watch!!!!!

  • dphattybrown

    1. HH 64 to Tipton 57
    2. HH was 100% setting plays to Austin late when Tipton was within reach. This is also the time in which he had both of his blocks on defense (when the score was within 4pts).
    3. He didn't do much defending in space, but when he did he looked pretty good. Good feet and his wing span seems to be at least 6'9″ so he plays real big.
    4. Ethan Jacobs is a late bloomer. I watched him last year a few times when i went to see Elston play. Ethan didnt play a whole lot last year so he is still a little raw. He added weight since last year and if he continues to do so he will be a virtual unstoppable force at Ohio. He did have one thunderous dunk on a put back that was exciting to see.

    I don't see Alex Etherington on any boards for IU so far but trust me he will be. His athleticism is insane and he is only a freshman. At 6'3″ he has NO PROBLEM throwing down a 2 hand jam, now i did not witness this but judging by his rim attacks he gets well off the ground.

  • dphattybrown

    1. HH 64 to Tipton 57
    2. HH was 100% setting plays to Austin late when Tipton was within reach. This is also the time in which he had both of his blocks on defense (when the score was within 4pts).
    3. He didn't do much defending in space, but when he did he looked pretty good. Good feet and his wing span seems to be at least 6'9″ so he plays real big.
    4. Ethan Jacobs is a late bloomer. I watched him last year a few times when i went to see Elston play. Ethan didnt play a whole lot last year so he is still a little raw. He added weight since last year and if he continues to do so he will be a virtual unstoppable force at Ohio. He did have one thunderous dunk on a put back that was exciting to see.

    I don't see Alex Etherington on any boards for IU so far but trust me he will be. His athleticism is insane and he is only a freshman. At 6'3″ he has NO PROBLEM throwing down a 2 hand jam, now i did not witness this but judging by his rim attacks he gets well off the ground.

  • IU_01

    HH won by about 10 points but got it 4 points with under 4 minutes remaining.

    Austin teammates didn't look for him that often in the first half. He often had good post position and didn't get the ball. In the second half he looked like he thought, if you won't give it to me down low I am going to the top of the key to get the ball. He was much more active, hitting 15 foot jumpers and getting to the line. At one point he was only 2-6 from the line but finished strong with the game on the line.

    His defense in space looked a little suspect the few times he wasn't guarding Tipton's big guy in the post but he was athletic enough to not get beat badly. He probably finished with about 10 rebounds most defensive and went after them hard in the 4th quarter with the game tight.

    Tipton's Ethan looked much more athletic than last year when I went to see Elston. He has a better looking shot and was knocking down 3's in warmups. He still needs to get stronger and stop bringing rebounds down below his waist. He got stripped several times when HH's biggest player was Austin.

  • IU_01

    HH won by about 10 points but got it 4 points with under 4 minutes remaining.

    Austin teammates didn't look for him that often in the first half. He often had good post position and didn't get the ball. In the second half he looked like he thought, if you won't give it to me down low I am going to the top of the key to get the ball. He was much more active, hitting 15 foot jumpers and getting to the line. At one point he was only 2-6 from the line but finished strong with the game on the line.

    His defense in space looked a little suspect the few times he wasn't guarding Tipton's big guy in the post but he was athletic enough to not get beat badly. He probably finished with about 10 rebounds most defensive and went after them hard in the 4th quarter with the game tight.

    Tipton's Ethan looked much more athletic than last year when I went to see Elston. He has a better looking shot and was knocking down 3's in warmups. He still needs to get stronger and stop bringing rebounds down below his waist. He got stripped several times when HH's biggest player was Austin.

  • GFDave

    thanks to dphatty and IU-01. thanks a lot.

  • GFDave

    thanks to dphatty and IU-01. thanks a lot.

  • Vslice

    I watched the game on TV as well. Yea, Austin is going to be good, but it was a struggle all night with the height of Tiptons center. Honestly, Austin's brother Alex looked very good. The article had it right, this kid is super aggressive but in a good way. No timidness what so ever, as he looked to score, slash, and fight through the defense when he had a chance. I would like to see his brother follow right behind him at IU. As a Senior and Sophomore combo post players at IU they could be a lot of fun to watch!!!!!

  • GFDave

    Thanks for the report. Good stuff. Couple questions:

    1. What was the final score?
    2. Did you sense that HH went to Austin more late in game, or was it more a matter of him just taking over?
    3. Did he ever have to defend in space, or was it always in the post?
    4. How did the Tipton big guy look?

  • GFDave

    Thanks for the report. Good stuff. Couple questions:

    1. What was the final score?
    2. Did you sense that HH went to Austin more late in game, or was it more a matter of him just taking over?
    3. Did he ever have to defend in space, or was it always in the post?
    4. How did the Tipton big guy look?

  • GFDave

    Thanks for the report. Good stuff. Couple questions:

    1. What was the final score?
    2. Did you sense that HH went to Austin more late in game, or was it more a matter of him just taking over?
    3. Did he ever have to defend in space, or was it always in the post?
    4. How did the Tipton big guy look?

  • dphattybrown

    1. HH 64 to Tipton 57
    2. HH was 100% setting plays to Austin late when Tipton was within reach. This is also the time in which he had both of his blocks on defense (when the score was within 4pts).
    3. He didn't do much defending in space, but when he did he looked pretty good. Good feet and his wing span seems to be at least 6'9″ so he plays real big.
    4. Ethan Jacobs is a late bloomer. I watched him last year a few times when i went to see Elston play. Ethan didnt play a whole lot last year so he is still a little raw. He added weight since last year and if he continues to do so he will be a virtual unstoppable force at Ohio. He did have one thunderous dunk on a put back that was exciting to see.

    I don't see Alex Etherington on any boards for IU so far but trust me he will be. His athleticism is insane and he is only a freshman. At 6'3″ he has NO PROBLEM throwing down a 2 hand jam, now i did not witness this but judging by his rim attacks he gets well off the ground.

  • IU_01

    HH won by about 10 points but got it 4 points with under 4 minutes remaining.

    Austin teammates didn't look for him that often in the first half. He often had good post position and didn't get the ball. In the second half he looked like he thought, if you won't give it to me down low I am going to the top of the key to get the ball. He was much more active, hitting 15 foot jumpers and getting to the line. At one point he was only 2-6 from the line but finished strong with the game on the line.

    His defense in space looked a little suspect the few times he wasn't guarding Tipton's big guy in the post but he was athletic enough to not get beat badly. He probably finished with about 10 rebounds most defensive and went after them hard in the 4th quarter with the game tight.

    Tipton's Ethan looked much more athletic than last year when I went to see Elston. He has a better looking shot and was knocking down 3's in warmups. He still needs to get stronger and stop bringing rebounds down below his waist. He got stripped several times when HH's biggest player was Austin.

  • GFDave

    thanks to dphatty and IU-01. thanks a lot.