June 3, 2014

Forward Austin Etherington Joins Bulldogs

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Forward Austin Etherington, the son of former Butler basketball player Brett Etherington, has signed a financial aid agreement and will join the Bulldogs for the 2014-15 season.  The 6-6 graduate student, who earned his bachelor's degree at Indiana this spring, will be immediately eligible and will have two full seasons with the Bulldogs.

"We are excited about the addition of Austin," said Butler head coach Brandon Miller.  "He brings versatility, skill and great experience to our team, and he fits our program and university in every way.  We know he is excited to be a part of our program as a graduate student, and we are really looking forward to working with him, starting this summer."

Etherington played in 30 games for the Hoosiers last season, including six as a starter.  He averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds, while shooting 78.1 percent from the free throw line.  He saw action in 16 games as a freshman at Indiana in 2011-12 and then played in seven games in 2012-13, before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

A former Indiana All-Star, Etherington earned first team All-State honors as a senior at Hamilton Heights High School.  He led Hamilton Heights in scoring (18.6), rebounding (8.5) and blocked shots (1.6) in his final prep season, while being named The Times Co-Player of the Year.  He tallied a season-high 32 points in 2010-11 and scored 20 or more points on 10 occasions with 10 double-doubles.  He led Hamilton Heights to an 18-5 campaign and a Mid-Indiana Conference championship.  ESPN.com ranked him as the 28th-best forward in the country following his senior season.  

Etherington's father played for the Bulldogs from 1987-91.  He was Butler's second-leading scorer (12.5) and rebounder (6.0) as a senior, while helping the 1990-91 Bulldogs to an 18-11 campaign, a runner-up finish in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference and a berth in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

The younger Etherington is the second transfer to join the Bulldogs since the end of the 2013-14 season.  Tyler Lewis, who played in 36 games at North Carolina State last season, signed a financial aid agreement with Butler last month.  He'll have to sit out next year and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015-16.     

Butler will be heading into its second season in the BIG EAST in 2014-15.  The Bulldogs are looking to add to a remarkable success record, which includes 15 twenty-win seasons since 1996-97.  Butler has made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances over that stretch, including back-to-back trips to the Division I national championship game in 2010 and 2011.