Redshirt sophomore wing Austin Etherington has asked for his release and will seek a transfer from Indiana.
Etherington averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season.
“Austin told me this past Saturday night that he would like to take advantage of graduating in May and continue to play by relocating to another University,” IU coach Tom Crean said. “He is going to be a three-year graduate and wants an opportunity to look for somewhere he can have a larger role. Even though that is his choice, we are going to miss him. He is a fine young man.”
The 6-foot-6, 213-pound forward started six games this season and scored seven points twice, most notably on Feb. 27 in a 93-86 win over No. 20 Iowa at Assembly Hall.
Originally a member of the 2011 recruiting class, Etherington came to Bloomington with Cody Zeller, who left early for the NBA, and Remy Abell, who transferred after last season.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Stanford Robinson.
Robinson (32 games): 6.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 44.8% FG, 18.8% 3PFG, 60.0% FT in 16.9 minutes per game.
Heading into the start of the 2013-2014 season, it was apparent that Indiana would need its freshmen to contribute significant minutes after it lost more than 75 percent of its scoring from just one season earlier. And one of those players that the Hoosiers looked to rely on was 6-foot-4 Stanford Robinson, a guard out of Landover, Md.
And boy, did Robinson contribute.
From the first time Indiana fans saw Robinson’s game as a Hoosier — a get-to-the rim, fearless type — they came away impressed. That first impression came during the annual Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage, but in the waning seconds he injured his right knee and had to be helped off the court.
He would miss the Hoosiers’ opening exhibition against Southern Indiana and much of the preseason practice slate with that bruised knee, which slowed his contributions toward the beginning of the season. In the non-conference, he averaged 4.8 points in just 10 minutes per game.
But as the season went on and Robinson got more and more comfortable within the Hoosiers’ offense, the freshman guard gained confidence with his game. Robinson became known as one of the Hoosiers’ best players at getting to the basket and finishing, notably scoring a then-career-high 13 points off 6-of-10 shooting in their 75-72 upset over Wisconsin on Jan. 14.
Morgan Park won back-to-back Illinois Class 3A state titles over the weekend thanks to a comeback 59-49 victory against the Lincoln Railsplitters.
Below are some selected highlights from class of 2014 Indiana recruiting target Josh Cunningham.
The 6-foot-7 forward scored 13 points and grabbed nine boards in his team’s victory, despite not playing the entire second quarter due to foul trouble. Cunningham also saw triple teams from time to time, as the Railsplitters paid him plenty of attention down low in their 1-2-2 zone.
It had long been rumored, but late Sunday night, Noah Vonleh confirmed the reports. He is declaring for the 2014 NBA draft, he told Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com.
Vonleh was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in his lone season at Indiana, in which he led the conference with 9.0 rebounds per game and scored 11.3 points per game.
“It’s going to suck leaving college without an NCAA tournament,” Vonleh told Parrish. “But I have to do what’s best for me.”
The 6-foot-10 forward is projected to be a lottery pick in June’s NBA draft, and Vonleh told Parrish he thinks he will be selected anywhere from pick No. 4 to pick No. 12.
The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.
rmclelan on the premium forum writes: How will playing time in Indiana’s backcourt play out next year? Assuming Yogi Ferrell commands 30 plus minutes per game, how will James Blackmon Jr., Stan Robinson and Robert Johnson share time? With the likelihood of Noah Vonleh turning pro, do you foresee Indiana playing a three guard lineup (reminiscent of Dee Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head several years ago at Illinois)? Unlike this past season, competition seems very steep at the guard position for Indiana next season.
You’re definitely going to see a lot of three-guard lineups next season. There were plenty of three-guard lineups this past season, too, but the major difference will be that IU should be able to surround Ferrell with a couple of more versatile scorers in Blackmon Jr. and Johnson. Those guys should also help guys like Robinson and Troy Williams as well because defenses won’t just be able to sag off and help when they attack the basket with Blackmon Jr. and Johnson roaming the perimeter.
In most cases, Indiana should be able to get away with three guards and even an undersized four (Williams, Devin Davis) on the court at the same time. The frontcourt situation obviously still has a lot to play out and is perhaps the most interesting storyline of the offseason. — Alex Bozich
In the days since 6-foot-9 forward Anthony Lee announced his intention to transfer from Temple, he has been receiving interest from colleges across the nation.
Off the top of his head, he could rattle off the names of schools: Louisville, Indiana, Oklahoma State, Minnesota, Purdue, Ohio State, Iowa State, Illinois, Northwestern, Florida State, USC, BYU, Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s, Georgetown. There were others, too.
“It’s been real crazy,” he told Inside the Hall on Thursday afternoon.
Lee is a hot commodity as one of the first graduate transfers on the market that has extensive college experience who will be eligible next season. As a redshirt junior with the Owls, Lee led the American Athletic Conference with 8.6 rebounds per game. He also averaged 13.6 points per game.
But Temple suffered a 9-22 finish this past season. It was a far slide from last year’s squad that went to the third round of the NCAA tournament — before losing to Indiana.
Lee felt as if Temple took him as far as it could take him. And so he told Owls coach Fran Dunphy on Monday evening that he planned to transfer, and he has been granted his release from the program.
The news leaked Tuesday morning. He appeared on a Temple student radio station and confirmed he was leaving. Since then, he has dealt with the high-major recruiting process he never was able to experience before his freshman year.
“It’s been unbelievable,” he said. “Just being able to hear all the schools that want me and deal with that, it’s been fun.”
Since he made the announcement, he has received a ton of attention — especially on social media. And of all the schools that have approached him, there has been one that has stood out: Indiana.
When the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament tips off next March at the United Center in Chicago, the event will span five days and add two games.
The extra day and extra games are necessary to accommodate Maryland and Rutgers, who will officially join the conference on July 1.
Big Ten Senior Associate Commissioner for Television Mark Rudner told Inside the Hall on Thursday afternoon that the conference tournament will now begin on Wednesday with two games.
From there, the tournament will follow its current format: four games on Thursday, four quarterfinals on Friday, two semifinals on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday.
Rudner said the league has not decided on how seeding will work for the expanded tournament.
“We haven’t determined the times, we haven’t determined the seeding,” Rudner said. “All we know is that we go from 11 games to 13 games.”