Austin Etherington built a reputation at Hamilton Heights as one of the best prep shooters in the country.
But as he closes in on the tip-off of his collegiate career, the freshman wing is out to prove he can contribute in a multitude of ways.
“I know people thought that I could only just shoot,” Etherington said. “I just go out and try to prove to everyone that I can play defense, cut to the basket and create shots for everyone else, too.”
All of those attributes were on display at Saturday’s “Haunted Hall of Hoops” scrimmage. Etherington scored 10 points, grabbed five rebounds and played solid defense for most of his 27 minutes of action.
The freshman from Cicero, Ind. knocked down two 3-pointers, had a steal and breakaway dunk and also completed a tough left-handed layup over Cody Zeller.
“Austin shot the ball really well,” assistant coach Tim Buckley said following the scrimmage. “I think the biggest thing for him, and younger guys in general, is playing through fatigue, playing...