Etherington posts that he will transfer to Butler

Austin Etherington had plans to visit Missouri State and New Mexico, but when he walked into Hinkle Fieldhouse on a visit this week, he knew.

Butler was the school where his father Brett played from 1987-91, and it’s even closer to his childhood home in Cicero than Indiana is. Etherington decided it was too natural a fit to pass up, and committed to Butler on Friday without visiting the other two schools.

“Walking in there, I just knew this is where I wanted to play,” Etherington said by phone on Friday. “This is where I wanted to finish my career. … I was planning on visiting Missouri State and New Mexico, but I wanted to stay close to this area. Missouri State and New Mexico were great options for me, but Butler was the best option for me.” 

Etherington decided to transfer from Indiana in March after two full seasons and an injury shortened 2012-13 campaign for which he took a medical redshirt. He finished his management degree in Indiana’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) in three years and therefore will be immediately eligible at Butler. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Etherington averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds this season, averaging 10.6 minutes in 30 games with six starts. The 6-foot-6, 213-pounder shot 32.6 percent from the field and 23.8 percent (5-for-21) from beyond the 3-point arc this season.

He hopes that he’ll be able to make more of an impact at Butler and be a little closer to the star he was at Hamilton Heights High School, where he averaged 18.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a senior in 2011. He said coach Brandon Miller believes he can fit in well with their system. The Bulldogs are coming off a 14-17 season in their first year in the Big East and their first season after the departure of coach Brad Stevens to the Boston Celtics. They return former Pendleton Heights star Kellen Dunham as a shooting ace, but Etherington can provide an outside shooting compliment to him if he can regain his high school shooting consistency.

“One of the things Coach Miller said was that if you’re a Butler player, you’re a tough player,” Etherington said. “You do the little things. And that was what I strived for and prided myself on when I was playing at Indiana. And I think I’d be able to go there and help stretch the floor. They have a good point guard (Alex Barlow) and I’d be able to go there and get some minutes.”

Minutes were sometimes hard to come by for Etherington at Indiana. He averaged just 4.8 per game as a freshman and 6.7 in seven games as a sophomore before fracturing his patella to end his season. As a redshirt sophomore, he got more opportunities including those six starts, but ultimately decided at the end of the season to look in another direction.

“I just felt like it was time for me to move on,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I fit in the best at IU, and it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t an easy decision because I love Indiana. I love everything about it, and I’ll always be a Hoosier at heart. I’m going to get my degree from there. But I had to move on and do what’s best for me and my family.”

2 comments

  1. CTC had better hope Cunningham commits to IU …..losing transfer targets to OSU and recruiting target to MSU,and now Etherington transferring right up the road; those “culture” questions in thursdays chat become not only more plausible but increasingly pertinent

  2. Austin,

    I wish you the very best in your role at butler and regain the shooting touch you had in high school. Thanks for all the little things you did for IU basketball too.

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