That’s A Wrap: Remy Abell

  • 04/11/2012 9:23 am in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Remy Abell.

Final stats (32 games): 3.0 ppg, 44% FG, 78.6% FT in 8.3 minutes per game.

Coming into the season, few people were talking about Remy Abell. He was the “other” freshman in a class that included the savior in Cody Zeller and Austin Etherington, an Indiana kid. Abell, a Louisville native, wasn’t heavily recruited, and he wasn’t expected to play much during his freshman season.

Abell, though, had higher expectations for himself. He made it clear early on that, regardless of how many minutes he got, he was going to make a difference on the floor.

While he went through stretches where he rarely got off the bench, Abell eventually proved to be an important piece to the Hoosiers’ success. With Verdell Jones sidelined with a shoulder injury, he scored 13 points in 19 minutes at Purdue in early February, including a dagger 3-point that put the Boilermakers away.

Abell would score only six more points over the final seven games of the regular season, but he stayed ready. When Jones tore his ACL against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament, Abell got his big opportunity.

His playing time doubled in the three NCAA Tournament games, and he played with a certain fearlessness most freshmen don’t possess. Abell scored 14 points on 50 percent shooting in the three tournament games.

Bottom line: Abell was a pleasant surprise for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers this season, and figures to be a key role player in the years to come. He improved as an offensive player throughout the season, but like most freshmen, he occasionally made questionable decisions with the ball. Crean was hesitant to play Abell more throughout the season because the point guard has to be responsible for all five guys on the floor, something that’s often difficult for a newcomer to handle.

Abell seemed to grow more comfortable and showed more personality as the season went on. Jones worked with him on becoming a more vocal floor leader, and Abell seemed to grow in that area during the tournament.

Abell’s major strength comes on the defensive end where he’s shown the ability to contain some of the Big Ten’s best guards. He grew into one of the Hoosiers’ best on-ball defenders, and he never seemed intimidated by the guy standing across from him. Realistically going forward, Abell will be used as a defensive stopper and a guy that can back up Yogi Ferell and Jordan Hulls as a reliable ball handler.

PreviouslyChristian WatfordDerek Elston, Jordan Hulls, Matt Roth, Tom Pritchard, Verdell JonesVictor OladipoWill Sheehey, Cody Zeller, #benchmob

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  • mrjonessodaandme

    Louisville kid turned Hoosier made this Louisville kid turned Hoosier very proud.
    Looking forward to his development over the next few years.

  • plane1972

    What school did Remy originally commit? I know his decomit was a matter of a coaching change, but can’t remember what team.

  •  I believe the school was Bradley, plane.  I like Remy and appreciate his old school type of game.  Just think where we would of been if Crean didn’t sign him in the Spring signing period last year?  With the loss of Verdell and even before that the injuries he was battling, the signing of Remy proved to be a very good one.  I look forward to watching him play in the years to come.  Go IU.

  • HoosierRyno

    This kid has a great personality and lots of growing ability and skill. To me he is just another testament that we can find much of our talent in our own back yard. Even if it is across the river to the south.

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  • Evansville Hoosier

    I feel bad when I read this article, because I know I overlook Remy way too much, maybe because he’s just a really quiet guy who doesn’t have a very defining personality. It’s weird, I kinda feel like I know all the guys on the team except Remy. Honestly, that sucks, and I hope we as a fan base get to know him better.

    Honestly, he has the potential to be somewhere between 7 and 10 next year on our depth chart, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was 7. He’s an impressive ball handler for a 6’4″ guy, he’s an efficient 3 point shooter, he’s a good defender, and he makes his way to the rim pretty well. Hope he improves over the summer, and we get to know him better over the next year.

  • IUMIKE1

    Think Remy might be able to make a jump in ability this offseason like Will & Vic did last offseason ( & hopefully will do again this offseason).  With the major jump that Will & Vic made over last summer he might want to think about playing in a Pro-Am type of league cause I think that was one thing that helped both of them alot.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m sure everyone including Crean wishes that Remy had gotten more minutes  before Jones” injury. I thought he handled himself well under late season pressure…when he did get in there. Like his defense and FT shooting ability. Ball handlding and shot can be improved. He was at times reckless trying to get the ball to the hole..but hey..thats a freshman. I like the fact that he is fearless going to the hole.. Minutes are going to be tough with the movement guys coming in..but I hope Abell hangs in there..he can have a solid role for IU going forward.

  • DarkSouth

    Remy’s a tough kid.  Strikes me as the type who can lead by example in the coming years as he won’t back down…not to a talented NC State team, not to a desperate Purdue team, and certainly not in big tournament games like VCU and UK. 

    The thing I really like about him is you know what you’re going to get each time he’s on the court:  he’ll play hard, play defense, and attack the basket.

  • DarkSouth

    Remy’s a tough kid.  Strikes me as the type who can lead by example in the coming years as he won’t back down…not to a talented NC State team, not to a desperate Purdue team, and certainly not in big tournament games like VCU and UK. 

    The thing I really like about him is you know what you’re going to get each time he’s on the court:  he’ll play hard, play defense, and attack the basket.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    If he can gain a Sheehey-type midrange jumper or a Oladipo-like driving ability (remember how many layups and dunks Oladipo missed his frosh year?), Remy will definitely get more PT next year.

  • CH

    I was one fan screaming for more Remy most of the year. I thought his size and toughness at guard was something IU lacked and needed for alot of the season. But I guess us fans dont know what goes on in practice. Alot of fans sometimes forget about Remy but I think if he works hard in the offseason and continues to improve he has the ability to make big contributions in the next couple of years.

  • Daburns0

    I think he got a lot of experience in practice that really helped him once he got in the games.  I know that isn’t the same as getting game action, but we had a very deep team this year.  I think Abell and Etherington will surprise a lot of people next year.  They need that chip on their shoulders.  Some of these freshmen are going to be very surprised with how competitive starting spots will be (Hanner and Patterson).

  • Daburns0

    I think he got a lot of experience in practice that really helped him once he got in the games.  I know that isn’t the same as getting game action, but we had a very deep team this year.  I think Abell and Etherington will surprise a lot of people next year.  They need that chip on their shoulders.  Some of these freshmen are going to be very surprised with how competitive starting spots will be (Hanner and Patterson).

  • jermhoosierfan

    What we need from the defense side is a guy to stop the dribble penetration that almost burned us against UK the first time and gave us fits throughout the year.  He has the quickness to stop that.  If Abell can be consistent with his outside shot including 3’s, he will play a lot next year.  I see a 1st unit – 2nd unit rotation like you see in the NBA.  A complete second unit that doesn’t let up and keeps up the pace to give the 1st unit a rest.  It will hurt numbers some, but if both produce, it would be hard to beat.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    Remy went to my high school alma mater here in Louisville , and I watched him before he decided to go to IU , and liked the way he played and his upbeat personality then . But when he officially became a hoosier he acted as if he had won the lottery . In various articles and interviews here locally he constantly spoke of the tradition of IU and what an honor it is to be able to be a hoosier and play in ” the Hall ” . So for this life long Hoosier it’s always fun to watch Remy since we have a little something in common .  Hence my name on this site !

  • HoosierDawg

    I definitely questioned Remy’s signing last spring, but without him we don’t win the NC State game. Without that one road win-which I firmly believe set the table for a lot of later wins-who knows how this season would have turned out. Remy seems like a truly good kid and I’m proud to call him a Hoosier.

  • calbert40

    When everyone looks at next year’s roster, Remy is the forgotten man.  But when Remy was on the floor, he played well for a freshman.  Do you all remember the huge leap Vic and Will took between their freshman and sophomore seasons?  Maybe Remy has a similar jump?

    I think Remy has a similar grit to his game as Will does, and I think we need that.  I just have a feeling that Remy will nose his way onto the floor next season, and make it very difficult for CTC to keep him down on the bench.

  • Agree with you on Remy’s role in the future. For him to get minutes, he will have to grow into a lockdown defender with limited turnovers. I for one questioned why Remy was given a scholarship when a more polished point guard (Dee Davis) seemed to want to come to Indiana. But, with Yogi arriving next year, Dee would be a redundancy; Remy will be a solid “change of pace,” to steal football jargon. 

  • Kenneth234

    Although I agree that we did have a lot of issues stopping penetration last year, I think a lot of the issue was that we didn’t have enough of a threat inside to block shots as we will have with Jurkin and Perea next year.  That is one of the biggest gains that this freshmen class will bring to the table next year.  So even if the ability to shut down penatration doesn’t progress to a level in which we would ideally like, just some strides towards it with that new element will make significant impacts for the team defensive scheme. 

    Next year, I believe that most games will come down to who can control the tempo of the game, as I suspect that very few teams will want to allow IU to go at a high tempo if they can help it.  We showed this year that we can execute quickly and efficiently on the offensive end and we will certainly have even more options to use against teams than we did this year.  At times, it seemed that our offense executed like a extremly good team system at the level of many professional teams (of course, not NBA, because we all know that team basketball does not exist in that league).