Former Indiana guard Remy Abell is getting closer to choosing a new home.
As first reported by Inside the Hall on Tuesday, Abell has narrowed his list of schools to Xavier, St. Louis and St. Mary’s. Abell announced his decision to transfer from Indiana after two seasons last month.
Abell said on Tuesday evening that he was contacted by in-state school Butler and coach Brad Stevens, but decided it wasn’t the right fit for him.
“That’s a great school and program,” Abell wrote in a text message. “Things just didn’t work out.”
Abell said he will visit Xavier on Friday and St. Louis on Monday. He has not yet scheduled his visit to St. Mary’s, but said he is currently working to do so now. Abell plans to make a decision quickly after making his visits, likely within the next 7-10 days.
Per NCAA transfer rules, Abell must sit out next season and will have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2014-2015 season.
As the 2011-12 college hoops season wrapped and many national pundits ranked the Hoosiers No. 1 heading into this past season — a ranking that eventually carried over to the official AP preseason Top 25 — there was one black mark on Indiana’s resumé: its defense.
“Indiana may well be the proper pick as the best team in the land, but I think if you locked people in a room in late March and made each individual figure it out on his or her own, it wouldn’t have been nearly as obvious that a team with a suspect defense last season should be the best team in the land this season, and at least a few people would have struggled to put them in the top five,” wrote Stats Lord Ken Pomeroy in late October.
ESPN’s Blog Star Eamonn Brennan on the same day: “As the Hoosiers themselves will readily admit, they were not a good defensive team last season. It is rare for a team with a defense so mediocre — they finished ranked No. 64 in adjusted defensive efficiency — to seriously contend for a national title the next season.”
All true and fair. But Indiana quickly shed such a reputation once the ball tipped on the season. It would finish the year No. 13 in adjusted defensive efficiency and show tremendous improvement across the board. The biggest change? Its communication and commitment to team defense. They understood when to switch, when to rotate, when to help and when to stay home. They held each other accountable. They realized good defense could turn into a quick transition bucket, that a turnover or long rebound often meant a dunk or 3-pointer on the other end.
The numbers bear it out. Where Indiana in seasons past struggled to defend the 3-point line — remember games like this or this or this? — they held opponents to a 30.4 percent mark from distance in 2012-2013, 30th best in the nation. An opponent 2-point percentage mark of 43.2 (No. 32) and eFG percentage of 44.0 (No. 15) also had them among the top teams in the nation.
Update: A source close to Remy Abell tells Inside the Hall that his decision to transfer is final and that he will not return to IU.
Just five days after it was announced that Remy Abell would leave Indiana and finish his career elsewhere, the junior-to-be is having second thoughts on his decision to transfer.
After speaking with his former high school coach, Jason Couch, The Indianapolis Star reported on Wednesday that Abell was considering staying at Indiana to finish his career and that his mother had met with the coaching staff.
His former high school assistant coach at Eastern High School and mentor, Joe Rogers, confirmed that report to Inside the Hall and provided a little insight into what Abell is currently going through.
“He’s having a tough time making a final decision,” Rogers told Inside the Hall. “The biggest problem is that he’s getting pulled from a lot of different angles. He’s got parents, he’s got friends. Some people say stay, some people say go.”
Playing time was cited as a major reason Abell was leaving Bloomington in the school’s release and Rogers said that it was a factor weighing on the Louisville native before announcing his intention to leave.
“He worries about playing time. His confidence really fell low during the season,” Rogers said. “And I think he felt like a change of scenery might help him a little bit.”
In 36 games as a sophomore, Abell averaged 4.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists in 12.5 minutes per game. He shot 46.5 percent from the field, including 48.5 percent from behind the 3-point line.
With the spring signing period officially underway and IU’s continued pursuit of Jaren Sina, Abell won’t have much time to reach a final decision.
“I told him he’s got to make a decision,” Rogers said. “I said, ‘you’re not being fair with Indiana, you’re not being fair with yourself. You have to be happy, you’re the one.’ It’s him that’s got to be happy.”
Much of the talk surrounding Indiana basketball throughout the season centered on the Hoosiers’ six-man 2013 recruiting class and the fact they oversigned by three heading into next season.
But in the span of only four days, that took care of itself as Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller declared for June’s NBA draft and sophomore guard Remy Abell announced he would transfer to seek more playing time.
Abell’s decision is an interesting one, and leaves the Hoosiers with even less experience heading into next season. Abell wasn’t necessarily a major contributor in his two years at Indiana, but he was often the second man off the bench this season and played well at times. Abell is a fearless player who really helped Indiana on the defensive end but was often inconsistent on the offensive side. He shot just 32.4 percent from the field in Big Ten games as a sophomore.
Even though he’d be an upperclassman next season, Abell wasn’t likely to make the Hoosiers’ starting lineup. Incoming freshman Stanford Robinson seems a more likely candidate, and if Indiana wants to play a bigger lineup, it could even play Will Sheehey at the two-guard position.
But still, Abell’s role on the team figured to grow significantly if he made offseason improvements. He could have been looking at in the neighborhood of 20 minutes a game at an elite program. But Abell may be seeking a starting job and a more significant role somewhere else.
From my perspective, it’s disappointing to see Abell go. He’s going to have to sit out next season instead of potentially playing a significant role for Crean and the Hoosiers. He’s a good kid and a solid player, but maybe he just didn’t feel comfortable at IU. You can’t blame him for looking elsewhere if that’s the case.
“Being at Indiana has been the best two years of my life,” Abell said in a release. “I love the school, the program, the fans and I want to thank everyone for their support. The coaching staff has been great to me and I couldn’t ask to have had better teammates while I was here. I am going to miss everyone, but I just feel at this time a fresh start and new opportunities are what is best in following God’s plan for me.”
Sophomore guard Remy Abell will transfer from Indiana and seek a different playing style, according to a release sent to the media by IU on Friday night. Abell averaged 4.0 points for the Hoosiers last season.
Indiana has been rumored to still be recruiting 2013 guard Jaren Sina, who was released from his commitment to Northwestern in recent weeks after head coach Bill Carmody was fired. With Abell’s transfer, Indiana is no longer oversigned for next year.
The release from Indiana:
Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that sophomore guard Remy Abell will transfer to a school where he can increase his playing time.
“Remy has been an outstanding citizen and a solid player for us the past two years,” said Crean. “He indicated to us that he would like to look to go to a program that has a different style of play and one where he can get more playing time.”
During his career with the Hoosiers, the Louisville Eastern High product has averaged 3.5 points in 10.7 minutes of action per game.
“Being at Indiana has been the best two years of my life,” said Abell. “I love the school, the program, the fans and I want to thank everyone for their support. The coaching staff has been great to me and I couldn’t ask to have had better teammates while I was here. I am going to miss everyone, but I just feel at this time a fresh start and new opportunities are what is best in following god’s plan for me.”
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2012-2013 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Remy Abell.
Abell (36 games): 4.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.9 apg, 46.9% FG, 48.5% 3PFG, 75.0% FT in 12.5 minutes per game.
What a start to the season for Remy Abell.
In the Hoosiers’ exhibition win against Indiana Wesleyan, he posted a line of seven points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in just 13 minutes.
“We’ve gotta get Remy to go from flashes to consistency,” Crean said after the game. “He’s one of the most well-loved guys in that locker room. He’s a great kid, great personality, incredibly hard-working student. And I don’t think he’s scratching the surface of how good he can be when he’s out on the court. And that’s what we need from him.”
The Louisville Eastern product kept things going. He made all seven of his field goal attempts in wins against Bryant and North Dakota State — which included five from distance. Add in a 7-of-8 effort from the line and the sophomore posted back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts (12 points, 14 points) in Indiana’s first two games of the year. By November’s end, Abell was shooting a crisp 58.3 percent from the field. Abell posted two more perfect efforts from the field in December (4-of-4 against Coppin St., 5-of-5 against Mount St. Mary’s) and his shooting through the first two months of the season remained pretty steady (53.8 percent). He was hitting 57.8 percent from distance.
It seemed as if Abell had only built upon his increased playing time and confidence in the absence of Verdell Jones III during last season’s NCAA Tournament run, and was primed to give Indiana a nice lift off the bench heading into the Big Ten season.
Watch and listen below as Tom Crean, Yogi Ferrell, Will Sheehey and Remy Abell answer questions from the media after Indiana’s second round NCAA Tournament 83-62 win against the James Madison Dukes on early Friday evening: