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Etherington finalizes transfer to Butler

Austin Etherington, who chose to follow in his father’s footsteps, officially joined Butler on Tuesday by signing a financial aid agreement.

Etherington decided in March to transfer from Indiana and completed his bachelor’s degree this spring.

The 6-foot-6 forward will be immediately eligible and have two full seasons with Butler.

Etherington’s father Brett played there from 1987-91 and averaged 12.5 points and six rebounds as a senior.

Etherington started six times in 30 games for the Hoosiers last season. In parts of three seasons, he missed 24 of 32 3-pointers, never spacing the floor as hoped.

Etherington, 22, will likely back up starting Bulldog forwards Roosevelt Jones and Kameron Woods.

“We are excited about the addition of Austin,” Butler coach Brandon Miller said in a statement issued by the school. “He brings versatility, skill and great experience to our team, and he fits our program and university in every way.”

Etherington was first-team all-state as a senior at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia.

When he decided to leave Indiana, he said he wanted more playing time but would always be a “Hoosier at heart.”

The Bulldogs went 14-17 last season, their first in the Big East. It was the first time since 2005 they failed to win 20 games.

“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,” Miller said.

Meanwhile, Indiana plans to hire former Marist coach Chuck Martin as an assistant, according to a report by CBSSports.com. The Hoosiers had a vacancy because Kenny Johnson took an assistant job at Louisville.

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