Sept. 19, 2011
Bloomington, Indiana -
Freshman Austin Etherington talked with IUHoosiers.com about the adjustment he has made in being a first-year college basketball player.
On how the first month of college has gone on the court and in the classroom:
"I knew coming into it wasn't going to be easy, just hard work and everything. That's what I knew I was coming into, but you have to use your time wisely because you have basketball and you have school you have to put everything together to get it done in the classroom. It's definitely not been easy, but I am getting everything done and getting good grades, so that's important."
On the difference in the speed of the game from high school to college:
"Definitely our team is a much faster team than I played with in high school and I know it's going to just keep getting faster and faster when we get into the Big Ten. It's something that I haven't seen yet but I'm going to experience soon and I'm really looking forward to it and I know it's not going to be easy, but I will get the job done."
On the team chemistry so far:
"Yeah, I really do. I feel like we are going in the right direction. I feel like we can only go up from here. I feel like every day we get better as a team, even if we aren't practicing together, it's just something we are getting better overall."
With his younger brother playing basketball and his father having played basketball, what is the relationship like between the three:
On how his family has supported him since he has gone away to college:
"My dad and I have the closest relationship just because he is the one who taught me the game. He is the one who got me to where I'm at and I really appreciate that. My brother and I, we just talk and talk about what it takes to be at this level, and things that he needs to work on. Now that I'm here, we talk about things that would benefit him when he gets to this level. We all three are really close, that's just what it is."
"My grandma and grandpa give me things that they normally really didn't when I was at home. My mom and dad come and see me and take me to dinner and I really enjoy that.
On being recognized as an Indiana basketball player around campus:
"Almost everywhere you go, you find someone who knows who you are, who talks to you and just says that they're a great fan or they just want to introduce themselves. So you get that a lot and if someone does find out that you're a basketball player, they want to know how everything is going. Everyone really cares about basketball here, and tells us that they are really looking forward to this season and they just want to see us win some games."
On what he aspires to do after basketball:
"I haven't really thought about it much, but if I do stay with basketball I want to try to stick with it as long as I can and then maybe get on the coaching side of it. Or if that doesn't work out, then maybe get into the business field. But I haven't really determined what I am going to do."
On the biggest strength he brings to the team:
"I feel like I can be the person who hits the open shot. I can be the guy that shoots the ball in or be the guy that always works hard when he is in the game and is not burden to the team. I just want to help in any way I can. I might not be the best scorer, but just being there and doing what I have to do to make the team win."