Big changes for the Indiana University men's basketball program.
Coach Tom Crean announced Monday that redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington (Cicero, Ind./Hamilton Heights) and sophomore Jeremy Hollowell (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central) will leave the IU program.
Also, Big Ten Freshman of the Year Noah Vonleh plans to leave IU for the NBA, according to CBS Sports. The university has not confirmed that report. Vonleh is projected to be a top ten pick in June's NBA draft.
"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. "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."
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% from the field and 25.0% from three-point range. Etherington will be the 21st recruit since Crean came aboard in 2008-09 to earn a degree from Indiana University.
"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," said Etherington.
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% from the field and 22.6% from three-point range. In Big Ten play, he averaged 3.6 points and made one of nine from long distance (11.1%).
"Jeremy has indicated to us that he would like to transfer to pursue another college opportunity," said Crean.