Victor Oladipo (14 points, six rebounds, six assists, three steals), Jeremy Hollowell (seven points) and Remy Abell (10 points, three assists) met with the media following Indiana’s 87-51 win over Coppin State on Saturday at Assembly Hall.
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The No. 1 Hoosiers seemed to lack energy early in Monday night’s game against North Dakota State. They were out of position at times on defense, and they too often settled for contested shots.
But in the second half, that energy level picked up. Indiana was flying around and making hustle plays, finally giving the large Assembly Hall crowd a reason to cheer. A primary reason for the change was sophomore guard Remy Abell.
Abell was impressive in the Hoosiers’ 87-61 victory, continuing to make a case that he deserves significant minutes on a deep Indiana team. He scored 14 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting — including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc — and pulled down five rebounds in only 17 minutes. Abell has yet to miss a shot from the field this season as was 2-of-2 and scored 12 points in Friday’s season opener.
“He’s been doing that all summer. It doesn’t surprise me,” fellow sophomore Cody Zeller said. “He’s made a lot of improvements. That’s big for us.”
At one point in the second half when he had just gone on his own 8-0 run, Abell made a fist-pump gesture as he looked into the crowd.
“This place is always crazy, full of energy,” Abell said, smiling. “I just wanted to help it out. I just wanted to make it more. Why not?”
Indiana coach Tom Crean said Abell has made considerable improvements in his game since the end of last season. The Louisville, Ky. native averaged three points per game during his freshman campaign.
“When he went home [last summer], he worked with his old high school coach, and when he came back in June, he was tremendous,” Crean said. “He did a pretty good job with the opportunities that he had last year, but he’s earned the right. There’s a lot of room for improvement. Tonight, [the scoring] was because his defense was going.”
Tom Crean, sophomore guard Remy Abell (14 points, five rebounds), freshman forward Jeremy Hollowell (14 points) and sophomore center Cody Zeller (22 points, nine rebounds and two blocks) met with the media following IU’s 87-61 win over North Dakota State on Monday night at Assembly Hall.
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Five Indiana players — Cody Zeller, Yogi Ferrell, Christian Watford, Jordan Hulls and Remy Abell — met with the media following the Hoosiers’ 97-54 dismantling of Bryant on Friday night at Assembly Hall.
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Depth has been cited as one of the many reasons Indiana is the preseason pick to win the national championship.
But Tom Crean has been careful in the preseason to not prematurely anoint his team as deep until he can substitute without experiencing much of a drop off in production and consistency.
A big piece to establishing that consistency from the bench is sophomore guard Remy Abell.
As a freshman, Abell played sparingly for much of the season. But he filled in and played key minutes down the stretch with Verdell Jones out in a win at Purdue. He also did so in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament and three NCAA Tournament games. Those experiences should pay off for Abell, who is expected to take on a bigger role in his second season in Bloomington.
“It was big getting more playing time, especially on a big stage like the NCAA Tournament,” Abell said earlier this fall. “That stage was huge and coming into an even bigger stage, it’s definitely going to help.”
Like he did a season ago, Crean is hopeful that he has a solid core of players that can be interchangeable as starters and, right now, Abell appears to be squarely in that mix.
“I want to be able to look at it and say ‘we’ve got seven starters.’ Remy’s one of those guys,” Crean said after Thursday’s exhibition win over Indiana Wesleyan. “If I had to look at it today, he’s one of those seven guys that I’d say, ‘he could start for this team.'”
This preseason has been a productive one for Abell as he’s been one of the most consistent perimeter players for the Hoosiers through the first two public scrimmages and the exhibition game. In the win over Indiana Wesleyan, he stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal in 13 minutes.
“He got better throughout the game. He was not as aggressive as he needed to be,” Crean said. “He’s playing in a box, which is one of my terms for when you’re very narrow and you’re not spreading out and bringing that spacing to the game and creating havoc for your man. He got better at that.”
Getting to the basket was one of Abell’s strengths throughout high school and as a freshman, but working on his perimeter game was an offseason necessity to grow more confident offensively. Thus far, he’s appeared more confident in taking the perimeter shot and knocking it down, even with a man in his face.