2012-2013 Player Profile: Austin Etherington

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Austin Etherington.

Key stats: 4.8 mpg, 43.8 FG%, 80.0 FT%

When Austin Etherington gave a verbal pledge to Indiana in August of 2009, he was just the second in-state player to commit to Tom Crean. And, based on the current crop of talent in Bloomington coming off a 6-25 season, the sharpshooter from Hamilton Heights seemed like a player who may see a good amount of playing time as an underclassman.

But as the commitments started piling up in the months that followed — an effort Etherington played a hand in based on his friendships with Cody Zeller and most of the “Movement” — the sophomore now finds himself in a far different place than perhaps the initial expectations: out of the regular rotation.

An interesting twist of fate.

As a freshman in Indiana’s 2011-12 breakthrough campaign, Etherington only saw action in 16 of Indiana’s 36 games for an average of just 4.8 minutes per. His season-high of eight points came in IU’s first game of the season, a 96-66 win against Stony Brook. He saw over 10 minutes of action (13) only once; it came during Indiana’s 89-47 drubbing of UMBC on Dec. 22. He didn’t score a point in the Big Ten season.

“Last year it was hard to get him in the games,” Crean said of Etherington on “The Dan Dakich Show” last week. “Well he would have been our leading scorer probably the first year. And in the first three years, there’s no question he would have been a starter in my mind in this program — at least one of the main guys. And it’s not like he’s not getting better, it’s not like he’s not improving, it’s just it’s hard to get minutes. I think, to me, that’s what you want your team to be about.”

Etherington said at last week’s media challenge that he’s worked this offseason in the weight room and on the consistency of his shot. But as he enters his sophomore season, it’s unlikely his limited role will increase enough to fully showcase such added facets to his game.

Bottom line: While Etherington isn’t in line for regular rotation minutes, Indiana’s pre-conference schedule should give him the opportunity to pick up some minutes when the game is in the hand — if not earlier. It may also follow, too, that Indiana’s conference slate could allow Etherington a chance to play based on scoring margin in the waning minutes. And should Indiana be stricken with a sizable injury bug, Etherington exists as a decent safety valve on the wing with his size and shooting ability.

Quotable: “I don’t see it as that much different. I did know all those guys coming in, but now that we’re here together it’s not that much different. I talk to them just as much.” — Etherington on his relationship with members of the 2011-12 recruiting class

PreviouslyDerek ElstonChristian Watford, Jordan Hulls, Maurice CreekVictor Oladipo, Will Sheehey, Remy Abell, Cody Zeller

  • MillaRed

    I will always be thankful for Austin’s recruiting of Cody and Yogi. Unfortunately, we live in a “what have you done for me lately” society.

    Every team can benefit from what Matt Roth brought to the program. If AE can be a consistent 3-point threat that has more length and athleticism than Matt he will see the floor.

    If he cannot be that guy he is in CTC’s capable hands. We are going to get to a point where the talent level exceeds certain personnel and their skill sets. Will that be next year? If not, probably 2014.

  • HoosierBurch

    With Barnett gone (as a player), does Etherington become official head of the Bench Mob?

  • GeorgiaHoosier

    Let’s remember that he will only be a sophomore….. Maybe less so in the days of so many one and dones, but to me it seem about right for a guy to not get much PT in his second year if he was a 3 star recruit and is playing on the #1 team in the country. He seems like the kind of guy who favors being on a good team and tradition over playing time. Unless we land a top SF talent in 2014, I see him as Hollowell’s backup his senior season. And on the chance that Hollowell lights it up and goes pro after 2, I don’t see anyone on the current roster ahead of him at the 3 his senior year. To me, when Indiana is officially back, it seems about right to have to pay your dues your first 2-3 years.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    either fortunately or unfortunately, I don’t see Austin getting much run until his senior year, playing a role kind of like Austin Thornton did for Michigan St. last year.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think Crean will find time for Austin like he did Remy last year. I may not be more than 8-10min a game but Creans comments about him and his skills, size, and shooting ability can’t sit forever.

  • Kelin Blab

    I think Crean will find time for Austin like he did Remy last year. I may not be more than 8-10min a game but Creans comments about him and his skills, size, and shooting ability can’t sit forever.

  • Hack Wilson

    Austin is faced with a tough decision. Either be a part of a top 5 program for years to come, and play the role of support…or…move on to a school like Butler and get quality playing time for a couple years. I would cheer him on either way, and am quite thankful for everything he’s done for the program, but this is not the same team he committed to. I’m sure when he made that commitment, he saw himself playing a major role from his sophomore through senior year, but I don’t see that happening with what’s happened. Tough call for a good kid.

  • Hack Wilson

    Austin is faced with a tough decision. Either be a part of a top 5 program for years to come, and play the role of support…or…move on to a school like Butler and get quality playing time for a couple years. I would cheer him on either way, and am quite thankful for everything he’s done for the program, but this is not the same team he committed to. I’m sure when he made that commitment, he saw himself playing a major role from his sophomore through senior year, but I don’t see that happening with what’s happened. Tough call for a good kid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.chenoweth Geoff Chenoweth

    We’ve seen the difference between freshmen and sophomores in this program. I expect significant improvement not only from Zeller, but Abell and Etherington. Tough to go up against Will and VO everyday, but he’s better for it. I think he’ll get minutes and be productive when he gets in the game.

    Go Hoosiers!

  • miles m

    Its really too bad. This is an example of why we shouldn’t recruit 3 stars anymore.

  • Knuckledrager

    I think the personal relationship CTC develops with his players gets stronger with time. I think this years graduating seniors will always hold a special place in his heart. The sob that escaped him, when asked at halftime about VJIII’s injury, is indicative of the deep emotional commitment he felt for Verdell and his plight. VJIII is the only 4 yr. graduating player, at IU, to not play in an NCAA tourney. I think if AE is willing to keep the commitment, the minutes will come. Loyalty is a byword for Hoosier pride. Loyalty is earned with shared experience and that takes time.

  • Knuckledrager

    “The human victory cigar”

  • miles m

    I think he could be a key factor at a school like Butler or Ball State but this is preseason #1 Indiana. We are on a another level this year with talent and depth. I would say if Troy Williams commits AE is likely to transfer.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    AE was a big reason why we are preseason number 1.

  • calbert40

    I appreciate AE and what he has done for this program, but I don’t see how he gets those 8-10 minutes? Obviously, he won’t be stealing minutes from Yogi, Jordy, Cody, or any other big. He is in direct competition with the other wings.

    With that in mind, who is he ahead of at the wing? He is obviously behind CWat, Will and Victor. Is he ahead of Hollowell or Abell? I don’t believe he is. Also, CTC suggested that Elston should see more time at his natural position (3). I’d think that DE would be ahead of AE on the depth chart too.

    When you figure there are only 200 available minutes per game, and only 80 at the 2/3, I just don’t see any possible scenario where he gets 8 mpg. I think he is out of the regular rotation, and getting mop up time only. Human Victory Cigar, part 2.

  • CreamandCrimson

    You are right Calbert. Austin seems like a great guy, he committed early to IU and helped bring Cody and Yogi to Bloomington and he could be a dead-eye shooter if given time. I would love for everyone to get to play because all of these guys are busting it to get on the court. However, when you try divide up the 200 minutes that are in each game, I don’t see how Austin gets 8-10 of them this season. You just hope he continues to improve and work hard and if the coaching staff needs to call on him, he is ready to step up.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Will and Victor were 3-star recruits. I think most people would say they are examples of why the “star” system doesn’t always get it right. Also, no need to speculate on anyone transferring. Especially when your scenario is contingent on a recruit hypothetically committing to IU. If AE, or anyone else, transfers we can talk about it. Until then, I don’t think we should speculate.

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