2011-2012 Player Profile: Austin Etherington

  • 10/26/2011 9:25 am in

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Austin Etherington.

Is it possible “The Movement” started with Austin Etherington?

When the Hamilton Heights product gave his verbal pledge in August of 2009, he was just the second Indiana native to commit to the Hoosiers in the Tom Crean era. And over the 15 months following his decision, Etherington made it a point to recruit others to join him in Bloomington.

I remember standing courtside after a pool play game at the 2010 adidas Invitational listening to Etherington talk about his goals for the summer. Rather than bringing up the back injury he had just returned from or individual accolades, he simply uttered four words with a smile: “Get Cody. Get Cody.”

It was Etherington who spent time with Zeller and Hanner Perea behind the IU bench at last year’s “Night of the Living Red.” Yogi Ferrell joined them in Bloomington the following day.

Less than a month later, Zeller’s Letter of Intent was signed and Ferrell and Perea were verbal commitments in the 2012 class.

On the court, Etherington built a reputation in high school as one of the state’s best shooters. At 6-foot-6, he’s big enough to get his shot over most backcourt defenders and when given an opening, he’ll connect from all over the perimeter.

Defense, lateral quickness and ball handling are probably his three biggest areas for improvement as he begins his career.

Best-case: The freshman guard finds his niche as a reliable perimeter threat. He also shows off improved ball handling to diversify the ways in which he can score and improved quickness to aid him as a defender.

Worst-case: Etherington struggles to adapt to the speed of the college game and spends the majority of his debut season as a sparingly-used backup.

Quotable: “I feel like I can be the person who hits the open shot. I can be the guy that shoots the ball in or be the guy that always works hard when he is in the game and is not burden to the team. I just want to help in any way I can. I might not be the best scorer, but just being there and doing what I have to do to make the team win.” – Etherington to IUHoosiers.com on September 19.

Previously: Jordan Hulls, Will SheeheyVerdell Jones III, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Tom Pritchard, Matt Roth, Christian Watford, Maurice Creek, Remy Abell

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  • IUball

    I expect very big things from Austin during his career. Everyone knows he can shoot. Crean needs to stay on him to drive, especially using the pump fake.

    With his size and free throw shooting, he needs to attack the rim consistently.

  • HoosierDadE

    I agree w/ Alex…I believe “the Movement” can be traced back to Mr. Etherington.

    You can also trace my lack of productivity at work, the numerous times I check ITH daily (or hourly), and the greatest description of a “movement” sense my morning activity after my first cup of coffee (sorry, too much info) all back to Mr. Etherington…

    and for that, we Thank You!

  • Anonymous

    If Austin can be a consistent threat from the perimeter and soak up most of Moore/Roth’s spot minutes I’ll be a happy camper. I love the attitude Moore/Roth bring to the table but frankly I can’t think of a single conference guard that I’ve seen them defend well against. They try very hard but I don’t know how capable they are. Etherington has more upside and I hope he gets the 4 or 5 mpg they got last year.

  • Anonymous

    He seems like a guy who is willing to do anything for his teammates, no matter what that may be, to help his team win.  Have to have guys like this on the team.
    Hopefully, he is capable of playing defense because to be on the floor this year, guys are going to have to defend.  He is obviously a really good shooter.  At Hoosier Hysteria he beat out Roth and Hulls in the 3-point shootout.  
    I think Austin Etherington will have a very successful career at Indiana.

  • stonaroni

    I truly feel AE will find a place on this team this year in the regular 8 man rotation.  If he is not the 8th man, he will be 9th.  He does a lot of things well on the floor with a pretty complete game.  Ball handling is his weakness, but at least he is average at that.  As far as defense is concerned, he is no worse than what we have seen and at 6’6″ he can defend smaller guards and cause problems.  Remember, AE guarded Nash, the #1 SF in the nation last year and held him in check in AAU.

    I am pulling for this kid.  He did help start the movement.  Despite having a senior year in high school that wasn’t as good as expected, this kid has been nursing  back pain for almost 2 years which is now behind him.  He was ranked in the top 100 players in the nation but fell out when he had to sit out of an evaluation tournament.  When he gets to the national AAU tournament in Vegas, he goes on a shooting rampage for the second year in a row.  He was ranked by Sporting News going into his 2010 SR season as the #2 shooter in the country behind Austin Rivers.  He has shown flashes of greatness, but then follows it again with inconsistent play due to injury.

    Fact of the matter is, we have not had a shooter like this who has a high basketball IQ and solid floor game in a long time, especially one who is 6’6″.  We have some talent this year and where he fits in is yet to be determined, but I guarantee that if an injury occurs to VO, WS, VJIII, etc, AE can step in and play well.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thrilled to have Austin this year and agree he has been an ambassador for The Movement from the beginning.  He can flat out shoot the rock, he has a great attitude and is passionate about being a Hoosier.  With all the talent coming in next season and with Will and Vic in front of him he may see very few starts over four years.  However he will be a big asset when he adjusts to coming off the bench and as mentioned an improved lateral quickness.  Austin is really what IU basketball is all about.

  • MillaRed

    I’m thinking a John Diebler type by the time he is a junior.

  • miamihoosier

    Great comparison. I love his size. Can you imagine him as a Senior 6″6  225, as our shooting guard, Trey Lyles #1 player in the nation at 6″9 starting small forward, 6″10 Senior Cody Zeller at Power Forward, and 7 foot Junior Peter Jurkin at Center……………….it’s like the all-Paul Bunyan team………….we have never had a combination of size like that before…….

  • Anonymous

    Is it possible “The Movement” started with Austin Etherington?

    In this fan’s opinion there is no doubt it was. Even though he may never see the floor for a large amount of minutes I still find absolutely nothing to dislike about this guy.

    But then again you just never know he may very well turn out to see the floor for a whole lot more minutes than anyone thinks he will. IMHO he epitomizes what IU bball is all about.

  • Spippen

    he may not ever play but at least he got cody..

  • B-Town 88

    How about Kyle Hornsby?

  • Anonymous

    I hope & expect AE to have a great career. I do look forward to IU getting to the place that players like him can redshirt. I know that is not as common anymore and maybe CC doesn’t favor that except for injuries. IMO players that need a little physical maturity and work on the speed & skills of the college game really benefit. These are the guys that build quality programs- not the 1 or 2 year uber recruits. 

  • MillaRed

    No argument here. But wasn’t Hornsby a “Diebler-type” as well?

    Anyway, we’re all on the same page. A taller SG that can drain the open three in transition. It’s an important role.

  • MillaRed

    Actually, I think he was the best 3-point shooter in BT history. But yes, “type” is the key there.

  • MillaRed

    I wouldn’t write off playing time, ceilings or anything else with these kids. Fact is none of us know. These guys will need to work hard to see the floor with the incoming talent.

    Chances are, someone we expected a lot from will not produce, and someone we did not think was capable will flourish. That could be AE. We just don’t know. Good luck to him.

  • IUhoosier02

    I am suprised that so many people think he will not get much of a chance this year. I don’t think he will play 30 min a game, but 10-14 is a very real possibility. He coming onto a team that has not won many games lately. I feel like its all hands on deck as far as playing time goes. He is 6-6 and can shoot it. Is he a less athletic than vj3? Can’t be. So if vj3, will or vo play defense like they did last year, I think crean will give him an opportunity cause he can do what they can’t…….stretch a d and understand a role. Then if he is just not ready…ok, but he will get min to see if he can. I am pulling for him big time because he signed with us before it was “cool” to.

  • AE reminds me of Kyle Hornsby for some reason. 

  • Anonymous

    There is very little doubt that Zeller, Watford and Hulls are the stars
    of this team. If any one of the three can become a top 5 All-Big 10
    player, this will be a good (20+ win) season. Vic and Will are the next
    best players and have to get 22-25 minutes/game on the floor each.
    Elston and Pritchard have to do it on the floor, “being 6’9? is no
    longer good enough. Derek could be great, but can he develop the mental
    side of his talent? Verdell can show that he is the senior leader that
    we have desperately needed for the last three years. If he can accept
    lesser “billing” but play great, then this can be a special season.
    Austin and Remy have to bring it all and bring it hard every second on
    the floor. They each have some real talent that Indiana has sorely
    needed. I hope that Matt Roth hits 50% of his 3?s because if he can’t
    Danny Moore might. Danny does a lot of good things in short stretches.
    No more excuses now for Coach Crean, it is win NOW time! We miss and
    love you Mo Creek and want to see you play again at 100%! GO IU!
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  • stonaroni

    I respect your opinion, but Remy has to sit behind VJIII and Hulls at PG.  Remy will play behind VO too when it comes to the SG.  IU is pushing for Remy to be a PG right now because he can get to the rime, but he doesn’t know the offense that a 3 or 4 year guy has mastered.

    I have heard many times that IU is going to push the ball and run more 3 and 4 guard sets.  This bodes well for a 6’6″ shooter who can play a good floor game, not get lost on defense, rebound and feed the post to Zeller like he did in his AAU days.

    Pritchard cannot run the floor well.  Elston is more agile than pritchard, but neither will be play PF if we run the floor, CW will.

    AE brings a skill set that we do not have and will need for about 10 minutes a game. Someone outside of Hulls and CW has to be a shooting threat from the perimeter to free up Zeller in the post and create spacing on offense.

    We all can agree that VO and WS double their minutes this year.  Zeller takes over in the post to log most of those minutes.  DE or TP will be on the outside looking in.  Remeber WS played some 4 last year too in smaller line ups.

    As I said before he will be 8th man, maybe 9th.  he is already the best shooter on the team.

    look at his picture at the top of this page, his release is probably a foot taller than JH.  With JH being the shortest PG in the Big 10, we need a shooter on the floor at times to shoot over the D.

  • Oldguy

    Hulls is three inches taller than Lewis Jackson.

  • Anonymous

    The Kid will have a good b-ball IQ..and should be able to hit some three’s on  kick-outs from a penetrating guard or post man. IU hasn’t had many open looks from kick outs..cause with no scoring threat in the post..the defenders could stop the penetration and prevent the kick out. Not so any more…AE can be a good role player..but I think Roth will get those minutes (and should) this year.

  • stonaroni

    My bad, 2nd shortest PG.

  • stonaroni

    I am curious why you think should get those minutes this year?  Is it based on seniority?

  • stonaroni

    This post again???

  • Anonymous

    Yes, please see my reply under Remy Abell as to why. I don’t want to repeat anything else.

  • CreamandCrimson

    All valid points and very well put.  I happen to think Remy is going to play more because of his perimeter defense but there is no point quibbling over a few minutes difference.  AE is going to have his chance to prove his worth, no doubt about it.  I would disagree with the best shooter on the team comment, his form may be the best but Hulls has been lights out in a college game.  Again, AE will be a valuable Hoosier moving forward.  Good post.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    we will learn then if CTC can coach big boys.

  • HoosierDadE

    It really did, haha

    I saw him when he came to Indy a few falls ago, good times.

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    “Hornsby!” is the exclamation that I still use to this day when I jack up a three. (which is usually a brick)

  • WALT

    Looking at ITH over a year ago, it seems that AE was very instrumental in recruiting for IU. Sometimes, I would like to change the bb rules and have 8 players on court at same time, from same team.  So many of these guys seem so deserving of more playing time. IMO

  • marcusgresham

    Does Devan Dumes’ nad smack qualify for a possible web redemption?

  • marcusgresham

    I’d like to think Pritchard’s new physique may help him to run the floor more effectively.  He’s lost quite a bit of weight.

  • marcusgresham

    Someone is going to respond to this by saying “a more athletic Pat Graham,” but that will be someone who didn’t see him in high school before the injuries.  Graham could get up pretty well.  I think you’ve got a damn good comparison here.

  • marcusgresham

    If this team is going to run and pressure the ball the way I hope it can/does, there will be ample minutes for a nine or ten-deep roster because they’ll just keep bringing in fresh reinforcements to wear out the opponent.  That was the weakness of this team (well, one of several,) the past few years—they’d hang in for a half two years ago, then hang in about halfway through the 2nd half last year, but eventually they just got worn out.  You have nine or ten you trust you are the one wearing out the opponent.  If that’s the case Austin plays plenty—and when he does, the opponent better know where he is or he’ll drop two or three bombs in a minute or two and completely change the momentum of a game.

  • Anonymous

    You must have paid a lot for these words, you are reusing them so often. Hope you get your money’s worth. Personally I would prefer to read something relevant to the article and keep it fresh.

  • Please quit posting this on every player profile thread.

  • Anonymous

    If all things are equal..most coaches will not disrespect a senior..unless the younger talent is considerably better. As a shooter..I don’t think AE is better than Roth..both are stand still gunners who need a kick out or screen to get a shot off.. His best opportunity might be to become a better defender..something Roth can not offer.

  • Anonymous

    He can look like Stitch on the Jersey shore..but if he clunks 10 footers and whiffs on FT’s..it ain’t gonna matter. TP has to board and defend to earn his time..and if he goes the season with only one moving high screen called against him..it will be a good year for TP..and I LIKE the kid..

  • jaywiz

    I was thinking a more athletic Pat Knight.

  • Anonymous

    We don’t want you to repeat anything else either.
    We don’t want you to repeat anything else either.

  • stonaroni

    And….. he was nursing a back injury and playing in pain.  Hard to shoot when you have pain in your back, let alone from 20 feet.  By no means should he been allowed to shoot 10 3’s when he was ofer, but I won’t even get started on the poor coaching AE received in HS.

    Peru players are lucky that all Austin did was hit he game winner, he could have lost his cool when his brother suffered the cheap shot and inflicted some cheap shots of his own.

    But, I think that shows his character and I would have had a bad attitude last year too playing for Hamilton Hts, playing thru pain, and having a disappointing SR season when I had the pressure on me that AE did.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Thank you.  I was still in my single digit years when I first saw Pat Graham play in high school, and was surprised even then how he took the game over.  Once he got to D1 Big Ten Basketball he didn’t slow, the other players sped up.  When the foot injuries started happening, well that was tough for someone with limited athleticism to overcome.  A wild comparison can be made to Maurice Creek as well as far as the frequent and unfortunate injuries are concerned.  Mo has athleticism and more advantages with better medicine and rehab programs than Pat Graham had.  Different injuries, but if Pat Graham could lend support to Mo, I bet he would be all ears.

  • Dschiller3

    Trey is #8, and will be most likley 6″10 by the time he gets to Btown. Forgetting about Hanner? 6″9+ there and will play the 4 and Zeller will be 5 over Jurkin! So you will have three close to 7 footers at the 3-4-5. with Yogi/Blackmon PG, Harris???/Ron, or fill in the blank bc there will be prob 5 players who will be at the SG! and remember that J. Hollowell is 6″7ish also! so The size will be there. That is also not counting D Davis 6″6, Hartman 6″5, and couple of the bigger names that might sign also! Should be G-Town/UCONN sized team by 14′ ha

  • Anonymous


  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Pat Knight was a tremendously determined player at IU.  When coming in Pat Knight was not regarded as a marksman type of shooter that Pat Graham was.  Graham was regarded as an offensive weapon from deep and and excellent FT shooter.  AE follows this trend.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I get where Alex is coming from, but I did enjoy reading your post over and over. (Not everyone has or will read every player profile.)  It keeps firing me up for the season everytime I read it!  Hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoosiers!!!!!!