Etherington updates injury, talks Elite Camp

  • 06/13/2010 8:59 pm in

After missing time earlier this spring with a stress fracture in his back, Austin Etherington returned to the court at last month’s Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions. And while he’s not yet back to full strength, the 2011 Hamilton Heights guard is feeling better each day.

“I’m starting to feel back to my normal self,” Etherington told Inside the Hall on Sunday. “The doctor, the last time I saw him, he said I was only 70 percent, but I could still play. I feel like I’m better than 70 percent now, but I’m still a little slow on my first step. My back doesn’t bother me when I play, so that’s good.”

With some time off in June from AAU, the IU commit made the trip to Bloomington on Sunday for the Elite Camp and will also travel to Charlottesville next week for the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp on the campus of the University of Virginia.

Etherington said he enjoyed the opportunity on Sunday in Bloomington to get to know incoming recruit Victor Oladipo better and also picked up some advice from Tom Crean.

“Everytime I see Coach, he tells me to keep working on my ball handling and my shooting because you can never not need to improve on those kind of things,” Etherington said.

With his decision out of the way, Etherington’s month of July will be much different than many of his Indiana Elite teammates who will be looking to make an impression on college coaches.

The 6-6 guard said he’ll use the summer to prove he’s healthy and deserves to be mentioned among the nation’s best players.

“I want to go out and play and prove myself because in May and June, I was hurt a little bit so my name dropped off, he said. “So I have to go out and prove myself and show what I can do. I dropped out of the 150 on Rivals. It definitely motivates me. The people I’ve talked to about it tell me, ‘you’ve got to go out there and prove yourself and show them that you really are in the top 150.’ I was hurt for a tournament and then I didn’t even play for a tournament, so it kind of hurt me a little bit (the injury).”

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  • Kelin Blab

    Glad to see IU is still recruiting Austin, so he doesn't Carlino them. Is it just me or does everyone seem to like VO?

    Austin screw the rankings kid, you are number one in our book?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    KB: the question mark at the end there (“you are number one in our book?”) is probably unintentional, but hilarious … unless you were actually seeking a bunch of commenter feedback, and in that case, yes, he is number one in our book. 🙂

  • Diesel

    Any word on any other offers other than Zack Irvin and Basil Smotherman?

  • Kelin Blab

    65wpm….4 year old wanting juice again, and a storm blowing over…hit the wrong button. Love Austin though….and still screw the rankings, this kid doesn't need to worry about that, it is one man's opinion.

    I now wonder if there are other kids who are worried or consumed by what they are ranked.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I understand the typo, I simply thought the placement was comedic gold.

    The rankings cut both ways … I'm sure some kids see it and become prideful (in a bad way), but I love that it's motivating AE. I mean, he's already committed to a school, so he's not playing to impress anybody, and I'm guessing in the summer grind (AAU isn't as important as high school ball), it's good to have some bulletin board material to motivate yourself.

  • Kelin Blab

    I want an Aaron THomas update so my prediction has a chance by tuesday.

  • Iurich

    Glad to see him on campus…..I know for a fact he has asked advice this past spring about decommiting……hopefully that was just a knee jerk thought after the Carlino thing.

  • GFDave

    I guess maybe I'm a little confused but I thought Austin was 6'8″ and would play forward. I've seen a lot of the vids on him and I never see him handling the rock up top. I see him drifting to the 3 point line on the baseline, Davis passing him the ball, and him nailing 3's like a machine. Sometimes he takes a couple bounces and gets into the lane. Nothing major ball handling wise. I certainly don't see the quicks in him to defend guards. I'm not hating here, just trying to understand. So can somebody help me out here with their vision of Austin at IU?

  • Kelin Blab

    Austin handles it alot more in high school because he has too, he is a big guard and if he improves his ball handling will be harder to handle because of his size. A good comparison would actually be will sheehey, fundamentally sound, helluva athlete, good shooter….

  • hoosierclarion

    I think your observations are pretty close and hope he will be 6'8″ in a couple of years. But Coach Crean thinks he should be a better ball handler than at present. He sure can shoot. I hope he can can create off the dribble to get 14-18ft. jumpers as a bread and butter offense regularly liked Wittman and Kitchel provided.

  • FWHoosier

    It is good that he uses it as motivation. I also think there is an advantage to staying underrated and under the radar. He is already committed to IU and the hadcore IU fans know he is skilled. It would be nice to see some players take him a little too lightly in his frosh season with the Hoosiers.

  • This isn't an AT update but according to Frank Kaminsky has verballed to Wisconsin….I guess this means if we miss out on CZ Mitch is plan B now?

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I think it also shows how ridiculous the rankings are. If I recall correctly, he was top 100 at Rivals, then he gets injured and sits out for a month and drops out of the top 150? And it's not like it was an ACL + MCL + PCL tear that might end his career. Stupid rankings…

  • marcusgresham

    Sheehey's quite a bit faster, though, isn't he? Isn't he a 400 runner?

  • Kelin Blab

    Yes he does run track, the 400, which according to my wife is the toughest event in track. Not sprint, not a jog, but both.

  • No update on Thomas. I think other schools are going to get into the mix next month.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I ran the track and CC and the 400 hundred is the most difficult run. It's almost a full sprint especially when you get to the 200 mark.

  • Kelin Blab

    Afraid that was going to happen, could be too little to late for them, we will see. The Aaron Thomas legend continues to grow into Moses Abraham status, lets hope it doesn't end the same way………….

  • No kidding…I will be pretty disappointed if we don't land at least one of AT CZ and JD

  • stonaroni

    One thing that gets overlooked with AE is that he has great court awareness and is a very good passer. IMO Crean wants him better with the ball so when he knocks down a few threes and defenders come at him stronger, he can shot fake and drive, dish or score. AE is very solid 15′ to 20′. Also Crean wants him to be a big “triple threat” guard so he can take advantage of the smaller guard defending him.

    AE does need to get quicker, but my guess is he will guard the opposing 3 man where he is good at playing the passing lanes.

    GFDave, good questions about AE. CTC will get his defensive game up to par. Something else interesting about AE, IMO. He sat for a year with a knee injury/surgery in which he grew about 5 inches. He went into surgery as a guard and was out of comission for a year and came back to high school ball as a #4 who was passed the ball. In 2009-10 he want back to a 2/3 guard in high school who had the ball in his hands more often and had to create his own shot. In AAU guys like Dee Davis, JDavis, Nic Moore, Yogi and Carlino have handled the ball so he is able to get free for shots. In high school he will be the go to guy in 2010-11 so is balls skills will get much better which will help make up for that year he sat out with surgery.

  • marcusgresham

    I haven't heard of this guy. Was IU recruiting him and I just missed it, or are you confusing him with Kenny Kaminski?

  • marcusgresham

    Your wife is correct. I ran the 400. It's a mother.

  • eph521

    Frank is not our guy…

  • stonaroni

    Did he ask for advice for decommiting or was he trying to get a handle on the Carlino situation. Maybe Carlino was a negative influence on AE? Probably good Carlino is gone.

    AE had offers from Butler, Xavier, Oklahoma State, New Mexico, and IU. He also had schools like Purdue, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Ohio State, Texas, Michigan, and Northwestern in the hunt for his services. In fact, had he not committed to IU early he would have far more offers. Billy Donavan was loving him last summer when he scored 28 in the Final Four in Vegas and hit some big 3's.

    I have a feeling that AE is firmly commited to IU. It is good to see he is recruiting others and in close contact with CTC.

  • IUhoosier02

    I have always liked AE. He loves the Hoosiers and is recuriting hard as well. We all might as well get use to see IU recurits fall in the rankings. Ranking are garbage! If you sign with KY, Duke, UNC or KS you go up, but if you sign with IU you fall like you have bricks in your shoes. I will trust Tom Crean over a recruiting service any day. Of course Guy might make me rethink a bit.

  • marcusgresham

    I hadn't given it much thought, but Crean may have a good idea here. If Bawa and Guy, both what most would consider “projects,” pan out at all, he can begin to sell IU as the next Georgetown or UConn as far as making big men NBA-worthy players is concerned. You turn a couple of projects around, pretty soon the top-notch 7-footers start thinking “If he helped THAT dude, what will he for me?!”

  • Kelin Blab

    I have great hope for Mr. Will ( He needs a cool nickname by the way) Love his activity, does not mind a little taunting, which I am an advocate of, and very very bouncy.


  • stonaroni

    One more thing, CTC talked last week about improving our rebounding and how the guard rebounding suffered when Creek went down. In the CTC scheme, 4 guys hit the glass. At 6'6″ at least, AE is already a good rebounder, and probably considered an excellent rebounder if he plays guard.

    If we can have 4 guys on the floor 6'6″ or taller and a pg like JDavis at 6'3″, that will be a huge line up and a team that can control the glass.

    Think about IU last year, if they had a 10 rebound swing per game, they would have been a .500 team. They were in enough competitively close games to improve their win loss record significantly with better rebounding.

    AE fits in great. If you notice CTC, keeps recruiting guys between 6'4-6'7″ to play the 2/3 guard. Good thing about AE too is that he can kill a zone or spot up in transition and bury 3's.

  • Outoftheloop

    Good point.

  • Outoftheloop

    Rivals had Etherington at #86 for one year. He can PLAY!

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    To miss one month of AAU play and go from #86 to out of the top 150 is plain dumb. Is there bigger evidence of what-have-you-done-for-me-lately than that? And like I said, although it was a semi-serious injury, it wasn't a career-ending or a long-term-mobility-threatening injury, so there's no reason to go from #86 in April and unranked in June.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    And those are from '08-09, so I expect that he's even a little better!

    In the first 2 minutes of the first video, I think he has half of his team's assists and steals. I think he could definitely find himself in a pressing lineup if IU needs to go that route at some point this season (has ballhawking skills).

  • Outoftheloop

    I could not agree more.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    If we would've had the height/talent to play man-to-man D instead of zone, we would've been in better position for more rebounds. So the key, in addition to height, is the ability to play solid man-to-man D (and box out your man).

  • marcusgresham

    Just as long as it's not “She-Man”