Austin Etherington to transfer from Indiana

  • 03/24/2014 12:53 pm in

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.

“I would like to thank Coach Crean and the entire coaching staff for helping me to realize my childhood dream of playing basketball at Indiana and graduating from such a prestigious University,” Etherington said. “My experiences on and off the court are memories that I will never forget.  After talking with my family, I have decided to move forward with the next chapter in my life.  After graduating in May, I will pursue other options for my remaining two years of eligibility.  I will forever be a Hoosier at heart and will always cherish the memories and friendships I have made at IU.  Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way.”

The Hamilton Heights product will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after suffering a serious injury last season in Indiana’s 100-69 win over Central Connecticut State.

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  • SCHoosier

    Ronnie J’s replacement at PU?

  • SCHoosier

    Funny (in a sad way) least TC didn’t throw AE into the stands..where the ball ended up to many times this year):

  • Mike Blair

    All you Crean lovers ….you got maybe two years left…can’t come fast enough.


    Two words….Home Run….tell it like it is.

  • PBzeer

    Junior in time in school, not on the court. Freshman season, redshirt year, and then coming back from a major injury. No, I don’t consider that much of a sample for a guy with 2 years of eligibility left.

  • Rosco73

    yeah they will all have to sit out a year.

  • marcusgresham

    Your returning point guard will be an all-conference junior who could potentially be the pre-season POY in the B1G.

  • marcusgresham

    Given the reason Patterson didn’t stick around in Bloomington, can he qualify at Butler?

  • Ole Man

    What changed his mind? And please don’t drag out the tired old horse of “playin time”.

  • Ole Man

    Hear this “playin time” “better players” nonsense every freakin’ year.
    Truth is, Crean does no wrong as far as you’re concerned and it always has to be on the player.
    Funny thing is, I’ve heard you say, “they’re just kids.” How true. Isn’t Crean supposed to be the adult?
    The leader? The man with the plan?
    Well bringing in four to five new players every dang year is not my idea of the ideal plan.

  • Snookafly

    Yogi’s a beast, but do you think he’ll be enough to keep the entire team in line? I don’t know, some of the comments from Yogi and Sheehey at the end of this season–in regard to the freshmen–didn’t seem too positive.

  • Mike Blair

    Wake up people.

  • Knuckledrager

    Austin was a great all round player in high school and was instrumental in getting Cody here. As soon as he committed he went to work on Cody. Which helped get Yogi, which helped….He always played as a team player, and always gave his best. He’s made a great choice for his future. Best of luck to him and every thing he does. Go Hoosiers.

  • KmanCRK

    Might be a dumb question, but why does a kid with no chance of leaving school early for the pros graduate in three years? Its as if he has been planning his departure. I don’t know anyone who tries to shorten their college experience. That part just seems odd to me. Any chance AE was planning this since he hurt his knee or something like that?

  • CreamCrimson

    “Truth is?” What? Don’t put words in my place.

    I haven’t stated my opinion on Tom Crean so why did you opt to make up an opinion for me about Coach Crean?

    I purposefully didn’t mention Crean because it derails the conversation into one about him, but since you decided to speak on my behalf… here you go:

    -His substitutions and rotations are highly suspect creating mismatches and ineffective voids at times
    -The offense stagnates above the arc into a passing drill while defenses look on waiting. That 3 man weave stunt they pull before trying to “attack” doesn’t have an impact
    -The offense doesn’t utilize post players as effectively as we should. Way to often the bigs are left on an island while everyone else just watches
    -We play inferior talent too often, likely stemming from practice reward (Jeff Howard should never be starting a game for IU, bench minutes maybe, but starting?)
    -Our defense can be very easy to “shake” with certain personnel on the floor. Teams seem to be able to isolate average defenders easily. We play too loose on outside shooters as well.
    -When they decide to run a pseudo-motion there is little method to it. Movement doesn’t equal motion. Motion is used to dictate the opposing defense, create gaps, and open up shooters/slashers

    There, I stated my opinion on Tom Crean. You happy now? Please don’t make up opinions for me, thanks.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    What a Shame! Jeremy will excell wherever he goes. It is not just stats, he will blossom under a better coach. imho

  • KmanCRK

    Any chance you saw/heard the Crean interview on 87.7 in Chicago and his response to the question about transfers, “they had opportunities, and the reality of the situation is that you have to take advantage of that opportunity and perform”. After reading that do you still believe what you did yesterday? I can’t imagine a scenario in which anyone can read these comments as anything other than this was Crean’s decision one way or another.

  • KmanCRK

    Any chance you saw/heard the Crean interview on 87.7 in Chicago and his response to the question about transfers, “they had opportunities, and the reality of the situation is that you have to take advantage of that opportunity and perform”. After reading that do you still believe what you did yesterday? I can’t imagine a scenario in which anyone can read these comments as anything other than this was Crean’s decision one way or another. I think the evidence speaks for itself. For the record, I’m still a Crean fan and think he is doing what he believes to be in the best interest of the program whether I totally agree or not. i don’t see what he sees on a daily basis.

  • KmanCRK

    So just to walk you through it, if a player is told he won’t be on scholarship next year (scholarships are offered on a 1-yr basis renewed every year) that doesn’t mean he’s being booted from the program. But after knowing he wasn’t going to be offered a scholarship, he still needs to ask for his release. See comments above regarding Crean’s radio interview in Chicago.

  • Dave Carnes

    Yes there is a structural issue at IU.NV leaving can be explained but it can also be looked at as a sign that he had no confidence that he would grow as a player here.AE was at times the only kid in a jersey that new where the ball needed to be.He hustled he used his smarts to get into rebounding position,I LIKED HIM.He needed more leadership which I believe would have given him more confidence in that shot.He can play and be successful at a large school.Poor JH has not made the adjustment from high school.I put this one on that layup drill they call AAU

  • Dave Carnes

    That is what we say every year.

  • Ole Man

    Thanks. You have “cleared up” what I thought. And it wasn’t necessary, so my thanks is sincere.

  • Dave Carnes

    If AE were at Purdue he would have been a main player.Yes when the offense is “FIRST KID DOWN COURT SHOOT”AE won’t look good.If we ran an offence he could help.

  • CreamCrimson

    Really? Is that what we say every year?

    I’m pretty sure the previous 2 years were very competitive seasons played at an acceptably high level. We’d have to go back to the 2010 season to find the last time that “every year” theory applied.

    Anyone who didn’t enjoy either of the previous 2 seasons should question why they even bother following IU Basketball.

    This year was different, yes. As it should have been. Anyone expecting more than an 18-20 win / middle-of-the-B10 season had misguided expectations given the transitional year.

    It can’t be “what we say every year” when we just came off 2 incredible, enjoyable seasons.

  • CreamCrimson

    “Free” graduate school.

    He will actually be able to complete 3 years of undergrad and 2 years of grad school. Actually a smart move on his part.

    Have you seen the pricetag on Grad School these days?

  • Dave Carnes

    Can anyone think of a lottery player whose team didn’t play post season.

  • CreamCrimson

    Hollowell started 15 games and played nearly 20 minutes/g. He played plenty given his lackluster play and inconsistency. If you wanted him to start more, I have to strongly disagree. He didn’t earn more time.

    Etherington played 25% of total minutes in a crowded SF/G rotation. For only averaging 2 ppg and shooting in the low 30% I’m not sure his player efficiency warranted more time either. If he had more time it would mean less time for Stanford Robinson, Troy Williams, or even Devin Davis (defensively at least) which I wouldn’t support either.

    While I really liked Fischer and he could have been better utilized, Fischer wasn’t really expected to be a main target this year obviously playing behind a lottery-caliber B10 Freshman of the Year Noah Vonleh. He still managed to get 25% of the minutes despite Noah being the main factor. Luke’s value wasn’t in the beginning of his Freshman year… Luke’s value was going to increase as his role increased over the years.

    Check out Stat Sheet for a breakdown on each players ratings. It doesn’t bode well for AE or JH. Fischer actually was trending decently. Said it before, Fischer was the only big transfer loss.

  • Dave Carnes

    It was Kent B who ran Bird off,At least that is what Larry said in his book

  • CreamCrimson

    Etherington “knew where the ball needed to be”. He was averaging 0.5 assists per game and was 8th in Overall Offensive Efficiency (taking in all factors: Scoring, Assists, Turnovers). As for hustling for rebounds, he managed to snag 1.6 rebounds a game so let’s be realistic.

    He did hustle in terms of a high motor, I’ll give him that much. What he may have lacked in talent / offensive weapons he made up for in hustle, but that didn’t really equate to points/assists/rebounds.

  • CreamCrimson

    Yeah, I’m well aware of his redshirt status.

    53 game appearances over 3 years including every game but 2 this year (7 games in his injury year) wasn’t a big enough sample size for you?

    Agree to disagree.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Pretty smart move, IMO.

  • KmanCRK

    I’m not sure what games you were watching this year to make such a laughable claim. Hollowell started out the year as the backup PG for God’s sake. Did you ever take a moment to view Hollowell’s 3pt stats from this year or last? I wouldn’t exactly call the kid a shooter. The only times I recall him posting someone up was when there was a clear size mismatch.

  • KmanCRK

    You are arguing with a Senile “ole” man here in my opinion. Your points are all spot on. Based on some of the comments on here, I’m expecting FL, Louisville, UNC, Duke and Syracuse to all be after JH and AE. But I won’t be holding my breath on that one. Keep up the good work Cream.

  • KmanCRK

    Are you seriously calling a guy out for rounding 10.6 mins per game up to 11? Tell me I’m reading this wrong, I’d be happy to apologize.

  • INUnivHoosier

    Let me preface this by saying that I like Creek. I don’t think his stats prove anything, as he largely didn’t put up very good numbers against tougher competition. There is no telling how he would have played during the regular season.

  • CreamandCrimson

    His initial post had Austin Etherington playing 20 minutes a game. I said he can make his argument perfectly fine without making up numbers. AE averaged 10.6 minutes, not 20. He later edited his original post to say 11 minutes per game. You have no need to apologize but thanks for offering.

    I have no problem with his overall point that the production level of the players that left wasn’t something that will be missed. However, if you think a high number of transfers doesn’t negatively impact the perception of the program and that these transfers don’t matter at all, I would disagree with that.

  • CreamCrimson

    I was thinking a little more along the lines of Cincy or Xavier for JH, but more power to him if he gets interest from some major programs. I would be absolutely shocked if he ended up on the above group of teams and was able to somehow thrive in that setting (except maybe Syracuse). The one question we still need answered is “What was he ACTUALLY benched for?” “Focus” seems pretty vague. The statement from Coach Crean definitely hints at something more and the rumblings that have brewed around JH seem to suggest some “extracurricular activities”. Every program will make sure they know the real reasons he was benched both as a Freshman and as a Sophomore before they
    take a chance on him.

    Speaking realistically, I cannot see Etherington even cracking the rotation at those 5 schools either. I could see Etherington considering Indiana State (with his brother) or Butler (where I believe his Dad went). Notre Dame is another possibility for him given his solid academics.

    Saint Louis is a possibility for either given the Calbert connection.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I’m afraid I didn’t hear that, no.

    But still, you’re asking me to infer and interpret from an interview. That’s not the same as presenting me with factual evidence I cannot dispute. And that interview leaves room for interpretations, not all of which support your claim. So I’m sorry, but even taking that interview into consideration there is still not enough here to change my mind. In the face of Etherington thanking Crean publicly, Crean himself in the main post above saying that Austin came to him and not the other way around, and no evidence that either are misrepresenting what happened, I cannot accept any assertion saying that Crean chased him off. The most I can allow for is that your claim isn’t disproven, but there’s a very large gap between “not disproven” and “proven to be true”.

    I’ll grant that your claim hasn’t been falsified, but without anything more compelling, I’m sorry, but I’m not going to accept it as established by evidence. I can’t. That would be sloppy thinking on my part.

  • KmanCRK

    The thing you have to keep in mind is that there are Federal laws prohibiting info from coming out. Crean will never give the full story. And based on some info I’ve been given today about some of the players, its safe to say Crean has cleaned up the program a bit. I’m that will get deleted, but those with close ties to the program know that the culture was in bad shape last season. I’ll leave it at that.

  • KmanCRK

    If the real reason for the transfers were to come out (as I’ve been told by someone close to the program) the negative perception of the program would be much worse. Let’s just say sometimes kids don’t take a great opportunity and run with it, instead they have a little too much fun in college…And if Alex doesn’t like this post, I’ll assume I’m better sourced than he is…But if you believe in team chemistry, work ethic, and doing things the right way then we got better as a program yesterday.

  • KmanCRK

    the program will only let JH go somewhere where he’ll be closely monitored…for his own good…I’ll leave it at that.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I’m very well aware of what FERPA says about student privacy. Those laws have never stopped or even applied to a student from saying what’s on his mind regarding athletics. Nor has it ever forced a coach to say positive things about a departing player if that departure was truly a decision made by the coach rather than the player.

    Again, please don’t take what I’m saying as any sort of attack on you. I appreciate the interaction and discussion. But you have to keep in mind that I don’t accept rumor and unsupported allegation easily, yet that’s all you’ve presented so far: Rumor and allegation. In this case, at the beginning of your post, instead of giving me firmer and better arguments, you’ve headed away from “a friend told me” statements towards implying that a coach is forbidden from stating on the record that he chased off a player when you’ve given nothing that can be considered even remotely firm evidence that he did in fact do this. Then you talked about “those with close ties to the program…”, which is not citation, nor is it independently verifiable.

    Saying that Crean would be legally forbidden from stating he chased Austin off – even if it were true – is simply not evidence that he did in fact do so. And I cannot accept in in lieu of real evidence.

    I’m sorry to keep hammering on this, but you keep giving me posts designed to sway me, and by way of being polite I have to let you know that those don’t work. Evidence sways me. Lack of evidence does not. Allegation does not. Weakly supported inferences do not. I’m more than happy to read arguments in favor of a given point, and I’m glad to discuss them, but without real evidence, I cannot accept them. Again, it’s sloppy thinking to accept an unsupported proposition.

    I’m really sorry. I don’t mean to offend, but it’s simply going to take more than what you’ve presented. I won’t even say you’re wrong, because if evidence ever comes out, there’s of course a chance that you might be right. But so far, nothing you’ve posted supports your claim, nor proves you would be anything more than correct by accident.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    And, if you happen to read any more of this discussion, I think you’ll understand what I was replying to.

  • KmanCRK

    Hey I don’t blame you for not buying 100% into what a guy with no face says, especially when no source is given. But I can tell you I knew about AE a week ago before Alex or anyone reported it. I won’t be throwing out sources because I like getting info. Biggest point I’ve been trying to make today across the message board is this team has some problems with behavior. If you need evidence see Hollowell’s suspension mid season. Ever hear why he was suspended other than lack of focus? I’d love to mention but I’d get deleted, but know you’d be glad he’s gone. See Hanners arrest. Btw ever hear who was in the car with him? I’d say, but you’d view it as hearsay anyway. And after yesterday’s moves, a line was drawn in the sand for the current players. No secret Crean wants guys who will do it the right way. Very little progress was made last summer by all but Yogi. Not enough skill/work ethic to overcome problems from some. You’ll maybe understand more when you see where they end up.

  • KmanCRK

    I do wish AE was kept unless he really was part of the culture problem along with JH. We will never really know…But as far as calling him the highest IQ guy on the team, you have to realize he did have one of the highest turnover rates on the team. And that’s on a team with some really bad turnover rates this past season. All year I was saying that what this was missing was upper classmen and I always said I thought as a Jr & Sr (playing wise) he would be a good guy to have on the team whether on the floor or not. Every program needs upper class leaders and we really lacked that last year and will again this year. And one or two guys don’t count, you really need a handful of guys to lead the youngsters down the right path. That was the demise on this years squad, which is why some wandered way off the right path…

  • SCHoosier

    Excellent..and true!!

  • Ole Man

    I’m hesitate to single out one player for TOs since IU was a TO machine this past season…LOL.

  • KmanCRK

    So you’re going with the “Ebola virus contaminates everyone mindset? I can see that. Haha

  • Creature_of_the_Night


    Hope he gets re-injured.


    Another Neil Reid and Luke Recker.

    Three pieces of garbage.