IU loses 3 players: Vonleh to NBA, 2 to transfer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three players from the Indiana University basketball team are leaving the program.

Noah Vonleh announced on Monday that he will enter the NBA draft.

Also on Monday, Jeremey Hollowell and Austin Etherington announced plans to transfer schools.

"Austin told me this past Saturday night that he would like to take advantage of graduating in May and continue to play by relocating to another University," IU head coach Tom Crean said in a news release. "He is going to be a three-year graduate and wants an opportunity to look for somewhere he can have a larger role.  Even though that is his choice, we are going to miss him.  He is a fine young man."

"Jeremy has indicated to us that he would like to transfer to pursue another college opportunity," noted Crean.  "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."

The announcements follow a disappointing season where IU did not earn a spot in the NCAA or NIT post-season tournaments.

Vonleh has been projected as a lottery pick almost from the moment the season began. He averaged 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds.

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