Hollowell, Etherington to transfer

Sophomore Jeremy Hollowell and redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington will not return to the Indiana program next year, IU coach Tom Crean confirmed on Monday. Etherington is expected to graduate in May and could play immediately in the fall. Hollowell will have to sit out a season and then have two years of eligibility remaining. IU now has three open scholarships for the upcoming season.

Indiana University has been back from Spring Break for less than a day but it has been an eventful one for the Hoosier basketball program.

Sunday night came word that Noah Vonleh will declare for the NBA Draft. And by Monday afternoon, after meeting with a few players, IU coach Tom Crean announced that Austin Etherington and Jeremy Hollowell have decided to transfer.

The Hollowell decision was first reported in a Tweet by Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com.

A third player, walk-on Jonny Marlin, is also transferring. AllHoosiers.com has heard he wants to play somewhere smaller and may end up at Indiana Wesleyan.

Add it up and that's eight scholarship players (and one walk-on who was formerly a scholarship player at IPFW) in the last two seasons who have left either for the NBA or have opted to transfer out of the Indiana program. The NBA players are Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and soon to be Vonleh. The transfers are Maurice Creek, Remy Abell, Luke Fischer, Etherington and Hollowell.

With the three players leaving this year's roster, that means IU has three scholarship spots open for the upcoming season.

Indiana put out a press release just after 3:20 p.m. Monday saying that Etherington and Hollowell had decided to leave the program.

Crean and the players were quoted in the press release.

"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," said Crean in the release. "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."

It has been rumored that Etherington will either opt to play at Indiana State with his brother Alex, or at Butler, where his father played. There has been nothing official, however, from Etherington on that front.

Etherington, a 6-6 forward, was a member of the program for three years and appeared in 53 games scoring 93 points and averaged 1.8 points and shot 37.7 percent from the field and 25.0 percent from three-point range. Etherington will be the 21st recruit since Crean came aboard in 2008-09 to earn a degree from Indiana University.

"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," said Etherington. "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."

Hollowell, a 6-8 wing, played in 62 games and started 15 games this past season. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds and shot 36.8 percent from the field and 22.6 percent from three-point range. In Big Ten play, he averaged 3.6 points and made one of nine from long distance (11.1 percent).

"Jeremy has indicated to us that he would like to transfer to pursue another college opportunity," noted Crean. "We have put a lot of time and effort into Jeremy, both on and off the court and it is our expectation that he finish strong in school and adhere to team rules. We will be there to provide any help we can give to him to find another program. We hope he realizes his full potential and we believe we did everything over the last two years to help make that happen."

"I have learned a lot from my time at Indiana," said Hollowell. "My time here has made me much stronger as a person. Things don't always go as planned and I am looking forward to getting a fresh start and I hope to make the most of that opportunity. I want to thank Coach Crean for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play at IU. He has taught me a lot and has always wanted the best for me. I want to thank all the coaches and all the staff for being there for me. I want to thank the fans for their great support and I want to thank my former teammates for taking me under their wing. I want to thank my present teammates and I wish them all the best."

Hollowell will have to sit out a year if he transfers to a Division I school but then will have two years of eligibility at his next destination.

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