Etherington asks for release from IU program

Indiana's Austin Etherington will not return to the team next season.

On Sunday night, freshman forward Noah Vonleh announced he would declare for June's NBA Draft. On Monday, the Hoosiers' roster took another blow.

Sophomore forward Austin Etherington has asked for his release from the program, sources confirmed to Dustin Dopirak of the Bloomington Herald-Times was the first to report the story.

Etherington wasn't exactly a significant contributor for Indiana this season, but he was in the starting lineup for several games by the end of the season. The Cicero, Ind. native averaged 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game.

Etherington was expected to bring the Hoosiers some perimeter shooting, but he never really materialized as a 3-point threat. He made only eight 3-pointers in his Indiana career.

A big part of his struggles had to do with injuries. Etherington missed almost all of the 2012-13 season after fracturing his patella in an early-season game.

Etherington returned as the strongest guy on the team after spending months in the weight room, and he was much more effective inside than he ever had been. But Etherington was hesitant to shoot from the perimeter, which eliminated the threat he came to IU to be.

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