The Indiana Hoosiers’ roster will look a lot different next season.
Yesterday, reports had Big Ten freshman of the year Noah Vonleh departing the program for the NBA after only one season. Although coach Tom Crean had not confirmed that decision, CBSSports.com reported that Vonleh was leaving and The Indianapolis Star later reported that Vonleh’s mother confirmed it.
Crean did announce that two players would transfer — forward Austin Etherington, a redshirt sophomore, and forward Jeremy Hollowell, a sophomore, are looking for new schools.
Vonleh came to Indiana as the prize recruit in last year’s highly touted freshman class, and the 6-foot-10, 240-pound Massachusetts native didn’t disappoint. He won the Big Ten’s rebounding title, developed a three-point shot and used his versatility to create matchup problems for opponents.
He might have put up even bigger numbers had he stayed healthy. Crean said Vonleh was fighting inflammation in his left foot for a prolonged period before he sat out two March games.
The injury, however, didn’t affect his draft stock. Almost from the moment the season began, Vonleh was projected as a lottery pick.
Crean also must rebuild without Hollowell, who began this season as a starter, and Etherington.
Hollowell’s rocky career in Bloomington included sitting out three games last season after his family contacted the school about “compliance issues.” This season, he sat out three more games and lost his starting job.
Etherington’s career was marred by a fractured left kneecap in December 2012 that cost him the final 29 games of the season. This season, he started six of 30 games. If he graduates this spring, as expected, he would be eligible to play immediately at a new school.
Indiana already was losing four seniors: Will Sheehey, Evan Gordon, Jeff Howard and Taylor Wayer. Freshman center Luke Fischer left the program in December so he could play closer to home at Marquette.
LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHT
Siena 54, Penn State 52: Evan Hymes raced the length of the floor and scored high off glass with 3.2 seconds left to lift host Siena (17-17) over Penn State (16-18) in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational.
D.J. Newbill had 17 points to pace Penn State, which last led at 46-45 after a three-pointer by Brandon Taylor with 4:16 left.
Levon Long had 17 points for Siena.
Bowling Green hires Wichita State assistant
Bowling Green hired Wichita State assistant Chris Jans as its head coach, replacing Louis Orr, who was fired in March after seven seasons.
Jans had been Wichita State’s associate head coach since 2011-12. In seven seasons, he helped guide the Shockers to three NCAA tournament appearances.
West Virginia guard Eron Harris plans to transfer, coach Bob Huggins said. Harris was the Mountaineers’ second-leading scorer at 17.2 points per game this season. A sophomore from Indianapolis, Harris said he wants to be closer to his family. … Gregg Marshall, who led Wichita State to a 35-1 record and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, was selected as the recipient of the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.