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Former Trojan among players leaving IU program

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Jonny Marlin, a former standout at Center Grove High School, was among four players who announced intentions Monday to leave the Indiana University men’s basketball team.

The Daily Journal’s Johnson County Player of the Year in 2010-11, Marlin is planning to transfer to a non-Division I school to continue his playing career. Jeremy Hollowell and Austin Etherington also plan to transfer, and Noah Vonleh is declaring for the NBA Draft.

Marlin said he reached his decision to leave coach Tom Crean’s program Sunday night, but he hasn’t decided where he will transfer.

“It’s too early for me to know where I’m going to go,” Marlin said in a brief interview with the Daily Journal late Monday afternoon. “I’ll play the process out and see what happens.”

A 5-foot-10, 162-pound point guard, Marlin joined the Hoosiers as a walk-on after transferring from IPFW following the 2011-12 season. He played one season at IPFW, where he started 28 games and averaged 4.3 points and 3.5 assists.

Citing a desire to fulfill a childhood dream of playing at Indiana, Marlin left the Mastodons after his freshman year and, per NCAA transfer rules, sat out the 2012-13 season.

Although he was not permitted to play in games or travel for road games last season, he did practice with the Hoosiers and sat on the bench, in street clothes, during home games.

A redshirt sophomore this season, Marlin was not on scholarship but did see some playing time. He appeared in 18 games and averaged 2.4 minutes per appearance.

Marlin played a total of 43 minutes. He season totals were four points, two rebounds and one steal. He was 0 for 4 from the field but made all four of his free-throw attempts.

One of two Division I recruits from the 2010-11 Center Grove team, Marlin averaged 14.2 points, 5.8 assists and 2.3 steals his senior season with Trojans. He and Indiana All-Star teammate Andrew Smeathers, a Butler recruit, helped lead Center Grove to a 17-4 record and the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference championship.

Smeathers left the Bulldogs’ program early in the season and has announced his intention to resume his career at Division I Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Md.

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