Butler forward Austin Etherington sidelined

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Butler newcomer Austin Etherington, who transferred from Indiana University this year, will be sidelined for 12-16 weeks, following foot surgery on Thursday. The 6-6 Butler graduate student injured his right foot during a summer workout.

“It’s a tough blow for Austin, but we’re glad that the surgery went well,” said Butler head coach Brandon Miller. “He’s overcome adversity in the past, and we’re confident that he will make a full recovery. We’re looking forward to his return, and we’re excited about the contribution he’ll make to our program this season.”

Etherington, the son of former Butler player Brett Etherington (1987-91), transferred to Butler after graduating from Indiana this past spring. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Bulldogs.

A former Indiana All-Star, Etherington earned first team All-State honors as a senior at Hamilton Heights High School. He led the Huskies 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. The 6-6 forward played in 30 games at Indiana last year, after missing nearly all of his sophomore season with a knee injury.

Butler, heading into its second season in the BIG EAST, will begin fall practice on Oct. 4. The Bulldogs will play their first exhibition game against Chicago on Nov. 1.