Etherington averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season and chose the Bulldogs over Missouri State. His father, Bret, played at Butler from 1987-91.
The Hamilton Heights product originally came to Indiana in the 2011 class with Cody Zeller and Remy Abell.
He received a medical redshirt for the 2012-2013 season after suffering a broken left kneecap, which means he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining. Etherington plans to graduate in May and is expected to be eligible next season.
Indiana and Butler play next season on Dec. 20 in the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Austin Etherington.
Etherington (30 games): 2.0 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 32.6% FG, 23.8% 3FG, 78.1% FT in 10.6 minutes per game.
Entering the 2013-2014 season on a team that had lost more than three-quarters of its shooting in the offseason prior, redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington found himself in a peculiar situation. He was coming off an offseason of rehabilitation after breaking a kneecap on Dec. 8, 2012, in a game against Central Connecticut State, but he was expected to be an immediate contributor, as well.
“What we need Austin to do is make jump shots,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said before the season began. “We need Austin to hold his ground defensively. We need Austin to get out and get out on that break and be a guy that can space the court.”
And in early playing time opportunities this season, Etherington — who Crean, in fact, hoped to be a long-range contributor — rarely attempted shots from behind the arc. He attempted just three 3-pointers in the first eight games of the season. Against North Florida, on Dec. 8, Etherington made two 3-pointers — his first since more than a year earlier (against Sam Houston State).
But even toward the end of the non-conference season, Etherington’s playing time diminished: He played only six minutes against Kennesaw State in the finale and just three in the Big Ten-opening loss at Illinois.
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.
INDIANAPOLIS — There have been plenty of recurring issues for the Indiana Hoosiers in the 2013-2014 season. Scoring slumps, second-half collapses, the list goes on.
But on Thursday in their Big Ten tournament opener, another recurring issue reared its ugly head: turnovers.
In their 64-54 loss to Illinois, the Hoosiers turned the ball over 16 times — on 25.9 percent of their possessions. Through 32 games this season, the Hoosiers have turned the ball over on 21.8 percent of their possessions.
No Indiana squad has had a worse turnover percentage since the 2009-2010 team that finished 10-22. And after the Illinois loss, many of the Hoosiers weighed in on why it has remained an issue throughout this season.
“It was just awareness on the court,” redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington said. “Some of the times the turnovers we had, we had the right intentions and we were making the right play, just sometimes you were over-dribbling or over-thinking a play.
“I wouldn’t say it’s something like skills-wise, that’s the reason why we had turnovers — with a young team it’s hard to really get used to everything. But I mean it is the end of the year and you don’t consider them freshmen anymore. It’s something that you just have to be more aware of on the court.”
When Austin Etherington predominantly sat on the bench for most of the early portions this season, Indiana coach Tom Crean noticed something that he liked.
It wasn’t from his on-court appearance in games, rather Etherington’s day-to-day demeanor in practice stood out.
“I thought that he continued to practice and prepare and persevere throughout when he didn’t get a lot of time and when he was playing sparingly,” Crean said on Wednesday in his pregame teleconference before Thursday’s game at Nebraska. “And he just continued to battle in practice. He didn’t like it, but he battled.”
After Etherington sat most of last season with a broken kneecap, he returned this season as one of Indiana’s most-veteran players — even as a redshirt sophomore. But Crean admitted on Wednesday that he didn’t put Etherington on the court much early this season because of his “lack of rebounding and lack of blocking out and keeping people off the glass.” In Indiana’s first 15 games this season, Etherington played a total of 89 minutes — an average of about six per game.
Austin Etherington (seven points and two rebounds), Yogi Ferrell (17 points, five assists and four rebounds) and Stanford Robinson (10 points and five rebounds) met with the media following Indiana’s 56-46 win over Illinois on Sunday afternoon at Assembly Hall.
Watch their postgame comments in the media player below: