2011 guard Remy Abell makes the call for Indiana

  • 04/27/2011 6:24 pm in

On Wednesday afternoon, Indiana picked up a third player for its 2011 recruiting class — Louisville Eastern guard Remy Abell.

The 6-4, 180-pound Abell was selected for the Kentucky All-Star team and was named first team All-State by The Courier-Journal. He averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals and had 25 blocked shots during his senior season at Eastern.

Inside the Hall caught up with the newest Hoosier shortly after his commitment for a Q & A:

On when he knew Indiana was the place for him

“It kind of helped me after I made the visit on Monday. I was thinking about it a lot and it’s a great school, great program, great history and I’m real excited to be a Hoosier.”

On the Monday visit to Bloomington

“I just met some of the players, hung with the coaches. And Coach Crean, he’s the head coach and he’s a future hall of fame coach. I know he’s going to push me, but I know he can make me a better player in the long run. The rest of the coaching staff was just great and just seeing the facilities, visiting around the campus, it was great.”

On the tradition of the Indiana program

“I know they’re a winning program. They’re like third or fourth at winning the most championships. They’re one of the elite programs in Division I college basketball. It’s a big honor to be a Hoosier and I just can’t wait to get started.”

On the recruiting process and switching schools after a coaching change at Bradley

“Trying to get the release with Bradley was kind of overwhelming, but I’ve been patient. I feel like everything happens for a reason. Going to Indiana will be an even better fit for me so I’m real excited.”

On playing against Austin Etherington and Cody Zeller in the Indiana-Kentucky All-Star game and building a relationship with those future teammates

“Maybe I can go up to IU and visit and meet them up there. But I can’t wait to play against them and definitely try to build a relationship.”

On his game and what he will bring to Indiana

“I’m just a hard worker, I’m a team player. I always look for my teammates. I can score in transition. I like to get to the rim, get to the basket. I can pull up J. I’m just a team player and like to have fun.”

(Photo credit: Jody Demling)

Filed to:

  • fergrad

    Welcome to IU! I think this kid is gonna be a very welcome addition.

  • Brklynhoosier

    Keeping in mind he’s a juco, Goff’s only going to eat a scholarship for 2 yrs, which allows you to bring in a 4/5-star big to replace him in 2013. What I see is a kid who’s immediately going to be tougher and more athletic on the inside than Capo, and possibly also Elston. I also see an Indiana kid who (briefly) played with Buss in high school — and finally, I see a kid who grew 3 inches late in high school and is still adjusting/growing into his new frame. A lot of people closed out the last season saying we needed a big tough point and a bruiser down low — with Abell and Goff, I think we’d be doing about as well as we could hope for in those departments (and maybe even better) — esp considering how late we are into the recruiting season…

  • Brklynhoosier

    Keeping in mind he’s a juco, Goff’s only going to eat a scholarship for 2 yrs, which allows you to bring in a 4/5-star big to replace him in 2013. What I see is a kid who’s immediately going to be tougher and more athletic on the inside than Capo, and possibly also Elston. I also see an Indiana kid who (briefly) played with Buss in high school — and finally, I see a kid who grew 3 inches late in high school and is still adjusting/growing into his new frame. A lot of people closed out the last season saying we needed a big tough point and a bruiser down low — with Abell and Goff, I think we’d be doing about as well as we could hope for in those departments (and maybe even better) — esp considering how late we are into the recruiting season…

  • IUJeff

    Good points – didn’t know all that. ITH rocks. No better college bball site out there.

  • MillaRed

    CTC has one thing in mind, and it hasn’t changed since he got here.

    Stockpile talent. Many are talking about this kid as if he is a high school junior. He will be on campus in 2 months. A 3-star recruit that may very well be underrated like Vic and Will just dropped out of the sky. Be thankful.

    Where will he play? What about Buss? What about scholarships?

    My goodness people. Weren’t we dying to hear any good recruiting news this time last year. How quickly we forget.

    I understand we have many wings coming in. Who doesn’t? Do you really think there are 30 programs out there with a handful of 4-star centers and power forwards lining up at the door?

    Furthermore, we are breeding in-house competition. The cream needs to rise to the top. Is it possible someone may transfer if they don’t rise up the depth chart? Yes. It happens all the time in the elite programs. We shouldn’t be any different. In fact, chances are we will use that scholly to fill a more pressing need with a higher ranked player. But seriously, this is the last thing on my mind. I’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

    We are getting back. That’s what all of this means. We are getting back…………

  • IUJeff

    I don’t think Crean is going anywhere even if we have another bad year but IT IS TIME TO WIN NOW.

    We have the talent that if well coached, should win more than lose this year. Especially in a Big Ten expected to be down from last year.

    We lost 11 games last year by less than 10 points per game. 9 of those were conference games. That is a couple more scores, a couple more defensive stops and we win. I think we are LOT better this year with a new big, shooter, and combo guard.

    IU should be in the top half of the conference this year IMO.

  • IUJeff

    Well stated Milla. I agree, let the haters and the folks on PU board worrry about who will leave IU. We should worry about putting the best team possible on the floor now.

  • Anonymous

    Didn’t we have a verbal from Sampson’s last recruiting season who got busted for dealing drugs in KY? Can’t remember his name though…

  • Anonymous

    Someone posted the possibility of Jurkin going to prep school in 2012 on another board. Read ALL the other post before you post dude. Hahaha;)

  • Anonymous

    “…might not meet eligibility standards.” Does this concern anyone?

  • Anonymous

    kinda like oil from Alaska isn’t as good as oil from the Middle East? Are you serious?? This kid is talented and brings stuff we need NOW. Who cares if he commited to Bradley or Indiana State or VCU?

  • JerryCT

    Bud Mackey . It took about 35 phone calls to get that verbal

  • Jon

    Yup, that was Bud Mackey. He was from Scott County, KY and got busted on trafficking cocaine. Nice!

  • Anonymous

    Have you ever watched a b-ball player playing for a smaller school that was impressive. I have, every year as a matter of fact. I sit there wondering why they are playing for some small school and not us. He just may be that kid and we will be thankful that he is playing for us instead of Bradley.

  • Anonymous

    Can you name a slasher on the current roster?

  • Anonymous

    Considering next season is coming quick and Abell is amazing talent this late in the recruiting season I don’t think IU took this kid “quickly”. I mean, they recruited him for a month or so, he took a visit and they are going to sign him. Any recruits really need to be prepared to come to IU and start working out with team this summer.

    As far as Goff goes, either they didn’t know or something concerns them about him. Or maybe they will go get him too.

  • Anonymous

    I am stoked about this guy after reading this. He has skills and against premier competition like Chane Behanan.

    http://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1168382

  • InTheMtns

    Ha! Yes, 1902-1904. The Hoosiers were 8 and 4 for the 1902-03 season and one of the teams they beat that year was Shortridge High School (23-18). They lost to Purdue twice. They were 5 and 4 for the 1903-04 season and one of the teams they beat was Salem High School (60-18). Again, they lost to Purdue twice.

    This was pre-Big Ten and there was no such thing as post season play. The IU uniform jersey was alternating broad horizontal stripes and they wore what looks like Pippy Longstockings knee socks. The socks must have been the forerunner for the candy stripe warm ups.

  • Anonymous

    You don’t think healthy Creek is a better slasher?

  • cooper

    I didn’t say he wasn’t good, I don’t have a clue. Thats why I asked the question

  • Dannon Brown

    I dont see this kid playing the wing as much as i see him being a ball handler. If you saw the videos i posted he can handle the ball well and can slice through a defense like Yogi Farrell in molassas boots or Jordy in rocket boots however you look at it. He can get to the hole, and fast and knows how to finish. Add being a pretty smart passer to the mix and he is dangerous, use this kid to free up Jordy for some 3’s….. And his perimeter defense looks pretty good, quick feet and can stay in front of guys well.

  • Dannon Brown

    Close, Creek draws you in because of his shooting ability and then gets by you and is good with using his body. Abell is just explosive off the dribble.

  • MillaRed

    I’ll take your word for it Dannon. I’m content with this pickup.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    BC looks like if you put him in a Jason mask, he could make a good 80’s slasher!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Would’ve fit nicely with Sampson’s system, huh?

  • Anonymous

    I think that less could be more in regards to Hulls and his PT. Hulls seemed to get tired as the year wore on, but if his minutes are limited a little bit more (28-30 instead of 35+), he might actually have a better season.