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The task of rebuilding Butler basketball from a disappointing 14-17 season got a little bit tougher Friday.
Austin Etherington's athletic career - and its travails - got a little bit more frustrating for the former Indiana guard Friday.
Butler announced that Etherington would miss up to the next four months following surgery on his foot, which he recently injured in a training session.
“It’s a tough blow for Austin," Bulldog coach Brandon Miller said in a release. "But we’re glad that the surgery went well."
Etherington transferred to Butler this spring following three seasons at Indiana, one of which he missed with a knee injury. After battling back from the injury this past season, Etherington played in 30 games for the Hoosiers, but averaged just two points per game in nearly 11 minutes per outing.
“He’s overcome adversity in the past," Miller said. "We’re confident that he will make a full
One area in which he did not struggle was in the classroom. Etherington graduated from Indiana in three years and that allowed him to gain immediate eligibility with the Bulldogs.
The Butler perimeter shooting depth takes a hit with the injury, as Etherington was going to be counted on to back-up leading Bulldog scorer Kellen Dunham. The transfer of freshman guard Elijah Brown earlier this spring also hurts that position.
The lone Butler perimeter shooting threat will come from Dunham - at least early in the 2014-15 season, as well as point guard Alex Barlow. Senior forward Kamern Woods has spent this off-season working diligently on expanding his shooting range from his typical 15-foot spot, as well as incoming freshmen Jackson Davis and Kelan Martin have both shown the ability at the high school level to make 3-point shots.
Etherington was a solid shooter at Hamilton Heights High School, but somewhere along the way in Bloomington lost that threat. He made just 24 percent of his attempts last season, and outside of one game against North Florida, he sank just three long shots on the year. He will be counted on to regain that touch for Miller this season.
"We’re looking forward to his return," Miller said. "We’re excited about the contribution he’ll make to our program this season.”