Mar 13, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indiana Hoosiers players Devin Davis (15), Jeremy Hollowell (33), and Austin Etherington (13) react on the bench as they lose to the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first round of the Big Ten college basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple Indiana Hoosiers Plan to Transfer

On the heels of Noah Vonleh‘s departure yesterday, three other Indiana Hoosiers are set to leave the program. Sophomore Jeremy Hollowell, redshirt sophomore Austin Etherington, and walk-on Johnny Marlin are all planning to transfer.

Hollowell will leave the biggest hole out of the three. Although he hasn’t panned out into the player he was supposed to be, Hollowell still has a great deal of potential and could develop into a talented forward.

IU issued a news release on the transfers yesterday afternoon.

“Jeremy has indicated to us that he would like to transfer to pursue another college opportunity,” coach Tom Crean said . “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.”

“Things don’t always go as planned,” Hollowell said. “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.”

Hollowell doubled his production in his sophomore year, averaging 5.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and an assist per game. He did have trouble finishing and was shooting just 35-percent from the field.

Hollowell was benched early in the Big Ten season for three games. It was never quite clear what the issue was, but a report indicated that he was having trouble “focusing.” A lot of people noticed that his effort simply wasn’t where it need to be, neither on or off the court.

Hollowell was a talented player in high school, but he relied on his size and natural athletic ability to pick apart his physically inferior opponents. In the Big Ten, he’s not the biggest guy on the court and that sort of play wasn’t going to cut it.

Frankly, if Hollowell wasn’t willing to put in the effort then is wasn’t worth having around on the team.

Etherington’s biggest impact might have been off the court. He played a pivotal role in helping IU land Cody Zeller and Yogi Ferrell, who he is good friend with. Etherington missed most of the 2012-13 season with a fractured knee cap.

He averaged about 10 minutes per game this year but only recorded two points per game. Etherington plans to graduate in May and use the transfer exception to play again next season. This was the same rule that allowed Evan Gordon to transfer to IU.

Marlin was a transfer from IPFW who came to IU two seasons ago. For some reason he occasionally saw minutes on the floor. Marlin wasn’t on scholarship.

Coupled with Luke Fischer‘s departure in December and Vonleh leaving early, the Hoosiers will have lost four scholarship players this season.

The losses leave IU’s front court even thinner, and is forcing some late recruitment for 2014.

We’ll have more on the Hoosiers later in the week.

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  • metalhead65

    you knew that it had to be more than just being a young team that was causing the Hoosiers problems this season. none of these guys will be missed. Hollowell never appeared like he wanted to be on the court but he is big so he will land somewhere. never heard of the one kid who should have stayed at IPFW and etherington will be just fine once he finds a school looking for somebody who turns the ball over when as soon as he steps on the court. I thought the kid was suppose to be a dead eye marksman when he came to IU but all he did was give great pump fakes then toss the ball away. Crean has his work cut out for him if he wants to stay as the IU coach. he is the guy who recruited all these players with the same skill set and no big guys. he is the one who made one of the worst schedules in the country. he was right not to bow down to the demands of ky. but you replace them with another big name school not more little sisters of the poor competition. fans thought the program was in the reloading stage not another rebuilding job. he has the best facilities and his choice of the best talent in the state and around the country there is no reason for the program to be down. he either gets the ship righted next year or he will be looking for another job.

    • Evan Reller

      Completely agree on all points, but Fred Glass doesn’t help when it comes to scheduling. I think Crean’s minute allocation was absurd, and had a lot to do with Luke Fischer leaving in December. His rotation was terrible at times. What is the issue with Peter Jurkin? A legit 7-footer can’t get on the floor when the Hoosiers could have used some front court depth and size? Him and Hanner Perea better figure it out this offseason, or that already poor 2012 class looks even worse.