It isn’t often that a player takes advantage of the relatively new college basketball transfer rules by taking two years of immediate eligibility to another institution, but in the case of former Indiana Hoosiers swingman Austin Etherington, that is exactly what he’ll be bringing to Butler next fall.
Butler has landed Indiana transfer Austin Etherington, source told ESPN.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 18, 2014
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reports (and it was later confirmed by an official release) that the 6-foot-6 Etherington is headed to Butler as a transfer, and this is a nice move for the Bulldogs. As noted above, Etherington has 2 years of eligibility remaining, but he will be immediately eligible after graduating in June despite being just a redshirt sophomore.
In his relatively limited time in Bloomington, Etherington was underwhelming, averaging only 2 points per game on 32% shooting (23% from 3-point range) as a sophomore, but he was a decent, 3-star recruit at Indiana, and those are the guys that Butler usually lands. He will be expected (presumably, at least) to replace the production lost by freshman Elijah Brown’s transfer (which was announced almost simultaneously) and Etherington could be an impact guy quickly.
For good measure, Austin Etherington may be doing something that has never happened in college basketball.
Per longtime Butler SID Jim McGrath, Austin Etherington is likely 1st player ever who’ll play college basketball for both IU and Butler.
— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) April 19, 2014
Pretty cool stuff.