Tre’ Bennett and Austin Etherington will transfer from Indiana State

Indiana State’s depth for the 2015-16 season took a hit Monday as the school announced junior Tre’ Bennett and freshman Alex Etherington will transfer.

“After the season is over, we always have individual meetings with each of our players,” coach Greg Lansing said in a release. “Even though we won 11 Missouri Valley Conference games and finished third to two Top Ten teams, we were very disappointed in how we started and finished the year. We are always trying to get better. After our player meetings, two of our players will not be with our program in the future.”

Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America
Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America

Bennett, a 5-foot-10 point guard, was named to the All-MVC Bench Team this season. The junior college transfer averaged 8.0 points and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 34.7 percent on 3-pointers. His on-court product picked up significantly down the stretch.

Bennett finished No. 4 in the MVC in assist rate at 30.9 percent.

Lansing said in a statement that Bennett is looking to transfer closer to his home in Houston, where his grandmother is battling an illness.

Etherington, a 6-foot-5 wing, played just 14.8 minutes per game and averaged 3.0 points.

“After talking with Alex Etherington, we have decided that it would be best for him to get a fresh start somewhere else,” Lansing said. “Alex works extremely hard on his game and is a good player with tremendous potential. We thank Alex for all his hard work and wish him nothing but the best.”

Etherington’s brother, Austin, transferred last season from Indiana to Butler.

Indiana State athletics said neither Etherington nor Bennett has a destination yet, and the school is actively helping them find a new school.

Indiana State, which finished third in the Valley this season but was the sixth-best team in the conference in Kenpom rankings, also loses senior forwards Justin Gant (9.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg) and Jake Kitchell (6.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg).

The Sycamores return one of the conferences best backcourts in Devonte Brown and Brenton Scott along with wing Khristian Smith. They also add 6-foot-6 Citadel transfer Matt Van Scyoc, who averaged 14.3 points and shot 36.5 percent from beyond the arc for the Bulldogs.

The departures of Etherington and Bennett will not decimate the Sycamores, but losing Bennett in particular could cause some problems. He was the team’s best ball handler, as Brown and Scott were often more productive when playing off the ball.

Author: Jesse Kramer

Jesse Kramer is the founder of The Catch and Shoot. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has had work featured on SI.com, College Insider, The Comeback/Awful Announcing, and 247Sports.

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