Courtesy of IU Media Relations, here are selected quotes from Tom Crean, Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Remy Abell and Austin Etherington in anticipation of Indiana’s bout with the Spartans tomorrow night in East Lansing:
On Playing Michigan State:
“They have three guys in the top 15 in offensive rebounds in the Big Ten. You have to be fast, quick, and hold your position. They move the ball through Draymond Green, but he also leads the team in assists.”
“The ball moves at a pretty high rate. When you watch them and where they are now as opposed to where they were the first two games of the season it is easy to see they are getting deeper and better.”
“We have to have a strong mindset which begins in practice. We have to block out and we have to be relentless in pursuing the basketball and knowing where our man is at all times. Our transition defense will have to be at its best.”
On starting the Big Ten:
“Our guys understand how challenging it is in the Big Ten and at Michigan State. We have to maintain the attention to detail that we have displayed all year in getting ready for opponents. We have played 12 games and found 12 different ways to win.”
On going to East Lansing:
“Every year is different and every team is different. I think our team knows that to win on the road in a hostile environment it has to execute and eliminate mistakes that leads to easy baskets which get the crowd into the game.”
“It will be nice to see some family and friends but our approach in this is more business than anything else.”
Indiana shot the ball so well in the first half Monday night against Howard, it seemed as if everything the Hoosiers threw up was going to go in.
The No. 17 Hoosiers (11-0) made nine 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes of their 107-50 win, capped by Jordan Hulls’ fourth of the half with 49 seconds left. The fact that Hulls connected on a three was not a surprise. The way in which he did it, however, was certainly unorthodox.
With the shot clock running down, Hulls dribbled hard to his left. When he was unable to get past his defender, the right-handed junior shot and made a left-handed 3-pointer while still on the move.
Will Sheehey called it “the best 3-pointer I’ve ever seen.”
“That’s pretty impressive,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean. “His teammates and the coaches see him do that a lot, especially when he comes out and warms up or when he’s just shooting after practice or before practice. But he’s very gifted with both hands. I don’t think he would have taken it that way if he didn’t feel like he could make it.”
Hulls finished with a game-high 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. He’s shooting 24-of-41 from three for 58.5 percent, the fourth highest mark in the country.
As a team, the Hoosiers hit 11 3-pointers on 20 attempts with seven players making at least one.
It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Remy Abell.
Austin Etherington was Tom Crean’s first recruit of the 2011 class. The Hamilton Heights product was also well known to IU fans for his recruiting efforts of Cody Zeller, the big prize of the class.
But fellow freshman Remy Abell comes to Bloomington under far less notable circumstances.
After being released from a National Letter of Intent at Bradley due to the school’s firing of coach Jim Les, Abell visited in late April and committed shortly thereafter — picking Indiana over Butler, Penn State, Western Kentucky and Xavier.
So what should be expected from the Kentucky native?
Well, he figures to provide perimeter/backcourt depth off the bench. Abell has the ability to get to the rim off the dribble, which could provide a nice change of pace for Indiana’s offensive attack this season. He also possesses the versatility needed to play both on and off the ball, giving the Hoosiers some potential for lineup flexibility.
Following Thursday’s media challenge at Assembly Hall and Cook Hall, several members of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers were made available to discuss the upcoming season. Inside the Hall will have transcripts of each interview in the coming days.
Christian Watford was first, next up is freshman guard Remy Abell, who averaged 16 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals last season at Eastern High School in Louisville.
Q. How’s the adjustment (to the college game) gone so far?
A. “It’s been going great. Over the summer going to class really helped when the school year started. I feel really confident right now, I’ve been doing individuals and different stuff with my teammates and just getting ready and prepared for the season. I think this year we can do a lot of big things.”
Q. What are the goals for this season?
A. “The goal is just do better than we did last season. Of course we want to get to the NCAA Tournament and advance farther than that.”
Q. What’s the biggest adjustment (from high school to college)?
A. “I think the biggest adjustment is time management. With workouts and school, it’s a little different than high school. I think it’s just preparing, being ready and time management, making sure I’m focused and staying on task.”
Q. Has there been anything since you’ve gotten to Bloomington that’s surprised you or that’s different from home?
A. “Not really. I think Bloomington is great. I like being down here and I’ve really had fun since I’ve been in school. That’s one of the reasons why I came here, because it’s a nice area and everybody’s nice down here. Everybody’s fun to be around.”
Q. I’m sure Coach Crean was real nice during the recruiting process. How’s he different once you get into some drills?
After watching a pair of Indiana All-Star exhibition games, a Kentucky All-Star exhibition and the annual Indiana-Kentucky All-Star games, here’s Inside the Hall’s take on the three 2011 IU signees that participated in last week’s festivities:
Cody Zeller (35 points, 24 rebounds, three blocks, three assists in 48 minutes in two Indiana wins)
— Scouting: Zeller had an outstanding week. He put up ridiculous numbers in the two exhibition wins over the juniors and while he was limited in Friday’s game with foul trouble, he nearly managed a double-double in just 20 minutes. Zeller has a complete skill set: He can step out and shoot from the perimeter, handle the ball with fluidity and score with his back to the basket. He was fantastic rebounding the ball, showing off strong hands, good timing and above average athleticism as a leaper. Zeller did just about everything a big man should do last week, impressing onlookers, coaches, teammates and opponents alike. — Joe Eberhardt
— What’s next: Zeller will step into the starting lineup immediately upon his arrival in Bloomington and while expectations might be too high, Zeller’s calm demeanor and quiet confidence should allow him to be mostly unaffected by the pressure. Indiana’s front court will be greatly improved as Zeller’s presence should help free up Tom Pritchard, Derek Elston and Christian Watford for easier scoring opportunities. Don’t be surprised if double-doubles are the norm rather than the exception during his freshman campaign. — Alex Bozich
Austin Etherington (Seven points, six rebounds, three blocks, two assists, one steal in 26 minutes in two Indiana wins)
— Scouting: Etherington struggled to score the ball or get into the flow offensively for much of the week. The 6-foot-6 wing is typically a reliable shooter, but just couldn’t get looks to fall when he found an opening. Etherington did play pretty well defensively by using good instincts and strength to keep his opponents in check. The highlight of his weekend was a crowd-pleasing block against Western Kentucky signee George Fant at Conseco. — Joe Eberhardt
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The first of the two annual All-Star games between Indiana and Kentucky came down to the final 15.7 seconds.
And in the game’s final play, it was Indianapolis Pike’s Marquis Teague, who is headed to Kentucky, isolated against Louisville Eastern’s Remy Abell, who will play at Indiana.
Give round one to Indiana.
Teague milked the clock all the way down under three seconds and as Abell backed off slightly in anticipation of the drive, the Kentucky-bound point guard elevated and knocked down a game-winner from just inside the 3-point line.
The shot lifted Indiana to a 105-103 victory in front of a sellout crowd at Bellarmine University in Louisville.
“Teague hit a big shot,” Abell said. “Big players make big shots. I gave him the jump shot most of the time the whole game, because he just wanted to drive, but he took another jump shot. I contested it the best I could.”
Indiana has won 22 of the last 25 games in the series.
The Kentucky All-Stars had their final tuneup for this weekend’s games against Indiana with a scrimmage against the Junior All-Stars on Tuesday night at Eastern High School in Louisville.
Indiana signee Remy Abell played point guard for the most of the night and scored 15 points in an easy 111-71 victory.
Watch 27 high-definition quality clips of the third and final member of Indiana’s 2011 recruiting class (wearing jersey No. 2) in the embedded video player below (Note: You can expand the video to full screen by using the arrows in the bottom right hand corner of the player):
Watch and listen to what Abell had to say about squaring off with his future teammates this weekend, his future in Bloomington and more after the jump …