Etherington out for the season with fractured patella

Indiana sophomore guard Austin Etherington underwent surgery this morning to repair a fractured patella he suffered late in the first half of Saturday’s 100-69 win against Central Connecticut State.

Etherington will miss the remainder of the season. He was averaging 1.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game so far this season.

Etherington went down in agonizing pain while attempting to take a charge late in the first half Saturday. He was immediately surrounded by the Indiana medical and coaching staff, and was eventually taken off the floor on a stretcher.

Etherington, an Indiana native, held up one finger to the crowd as he was wheeled off.

“Anytime you lose a valued member of your program it not only hurts the team, but also everyone’s hearts,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said in a release. “Austin has been doing an excellent job improving and now we have to help him overcome this setback and move forward.

“Our players have experience in this area and everyone is looking forward to helping him recover. As serious as his injury was, we are thankful that it was not worse. We have such an outstanding medical team I could not imagine going through something like this without them. We are fortunate to have them.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLVGWHPBTTCI55FUDLLNIWPM44 Craig

    i feel really horrible for that kid. such a tough break.

  • DannerPerea

    Man, I felt so bad for Austin..I almost went to Qdoba to take his free 100pt game burrito to him!! Godspeed, AE..Hoosier nation has you in our prayers.

  • Kentc

    Perfect sentiment DP.

  • Miamihoosier

    Anyone know if modern knee pads hamper jumping/movement? I wonder if something like that would of lessened the impact? wouldn’t think a fractured patella would effect his athletic ability going forward, which is probably the good news. This likely means Creek and Abell get a few more minutes. Creek’s confidence seems to be growing game by game.

  • MillaRed

    Austin plays hard and you can see he worked a lot in the off-season. Although he wasn’t getting a lot of prime minutes this is still a blow to our depth in the big picture.

    The 3 we have coming back are all 4-5s. Let’s just say the health of Mo Creek just got a lot more important.

    I suppose CWat and Jeremy could play more of the 3 when necessary. And Will the two. Either way, no more injuries please. Our depth is one of our biggest assets.

    Get well AE. I’m sure Mo has some advice for you.

  • marcusgresham

    When I watched the replay I thought it looked like kneecap-to-kneecap contact and said to my wife that I had a hunch he didn’t tear anything, but my guess was dislocation.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    tons of respect and admiration for ae. i get the impression he’s a tough kid and won’t be surprised to see him continue improving as a player when he returns.

  • paynilia

    Feel terrible for AE, great kid.

    I know this isn’t what got AE hurt, but does anyone else feel like Crean leaves starters in a little too long vs. Cupcakes? I was at the Ball State game and Victor/Yogi were in with 3 minutes left in the game up 30+ points. God forbid….

  • jaywiz

    you the man! Keep your head up, kid. hope to see you benchmobbing harder than ever.

  • iubasketballislife

    agree 100 %

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Yeah, you could tell it was knee to knee contact and looked like a break. If you want to look on the bright side then we can all draw confidence in the fact that it was contact that caused the injury not the patella just fracturing like Mo Creek. Also, Austin has big strong legs to begin with so, if you look at Blake Griffin, there’s a real good chance that Austin will recover completely and not lose his athletic ability.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Get well soon Austin! Hoosier Nation is behind you!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yes but at some point our best players have to be familiar at being in at the end of games and not sitting on the bench. Big Ten is coming and being sharp at crunch time is very very important.

  • BFowler

    God bless Austin. Your attitude will be the most valuable thing you own right now. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1271482969 Joe Morris

    Jeremy will improve a lot once he gets to play the 3, its his natural position

  • IUMIKE1

    Yea, I was thinking that Mo probably couldn’t help but have a little bit of a flash back and a twinge of pain in his knee for a fraction of a second. Mo should be in a good position to not do things, while done with the best intentions, isn’t something that you necessarily want people to do for you in this kind of a situation and TO do what people with the best intentions just don’t know to do or just don’t think to do.

  • iuoiu

    Will he be able to get a medical redshirt for this season or has he played too many games?

  • Benhyoung14

    That sucks for him….especially given what we have a chance to accomplish. Is this the same injury as Creek’s? I hope it doesn’t have anything to do with the training regimen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.gomez.90 Edward Gomez

    All the best to Austin on a speedy recovery!

  • InTheMtns

    He’s eligible to apply for a medical redshirt — a player can play in 30% of the season’s games and this was only his 7th game. If he receives the medical redshirt, he’ll still have three seasons of college basketball left.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.mannix.5 Andrew Mannix

    Its such a shame. I felt AE was really starting to get in the flow of things. Its gotta be tough when you are only seeing 10-12 minutes a game, if that, but when he was on the floor he looked a lot more like a D1 player than last year when he simply looked overwhelmed most of the time. I have a feeling AE would be starting or first or second off the bench for most of the country and he was down there 10th or so on our depth chart. That alley-op a couple games back to close it down was the AE I love and was hoping to see more and more of this year.

    I know there has been a lot of talk about the scholly numbers and some have mentioned that AE might transfer but I do not see that as a possibility, before and even more so now. I find it highly unlikely AE or another coach will want to risk transferring in the middle of a recovery.

    I wish AE a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see him back on the court next year. I personally believe he may have an easier time rehabbing than Mo simply by the way AE is built. Mo has always had the skinniest little legs, even before the injuries.

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