Indiana coach Tom Crean took to Twitter this afternoon to offer his thoughts on the Hoosiers’ latest signee — Louisville Eastern guard Remy Abell.
Crean’s tweets, formatted here into one paragraph, are below:
“Excited that Remy Abell will be joining the program. He is a year-round winner who will bring a great deal of versatility to our program. He is a big guard who will have an immediate impact defensively with his ability to guard three positions. He can get to the rim on offense, knock down open shots and will really add to our transition game. I think the most impressive thing about him is his ability to make everyone around him better and he does not have to have the ball in his hands to be effective. In a lot of ways, he reminds me a lot of Jerel McNeal who we had at Marquette. We are very excited to have been able to get someone with ties to the So. Indiana/Louisville area where we have such a wonderful fan base.”
The Louisville native committed to Indiana back on April 27. He 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.
As the dust begins to settle on Remy Abell’s commitment to Indiana, there’s been no shortage of questions in the comments about the role that Abell will fill upon his arrival in Bloomington. Is he a point guard? More of a combo? Or will he see time on the wing?
In an effort to paint a clearer picture on the 6-4, 180-pound senior from Louisville, here’s a comprehensive aggregation of scouting notes on Indiana’s newest recruit:
“Indiana is not just getting one player, they are getting a guy that can play three different positions for them and can guard three different position. He’s only going to get better with his attitude and what kind of competitor he is. It’s a great situation for Indiana and for him.”
Abell is a scoring combo guard that can knock down threes and play the point in a pinch. He is a must find for the defense in transition and in the half court set because he can change the scoreboard in a hurry.
Playing a combo role for Jeff Davis’ squad, Abell, a 6-foot-4 combo guard left his imprint on the game, especially in the second half. With the game getting close, Abell began relentlessly attacking the rim and scored on nearly a half dozen straight trips during a run in the second frame. Although he didn’t do much by way of jump shooting, Abell has a strong handle, good vision and is a quality defender.
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.”
Abell was recently released from his National Letter of Intent with Bradley after the school fired Jim Les. The 6-4 Abell told Demling that he’ll consider IU, Xavier, Butler, Penn State and Western Kentucky.
Here’s what he said about the Hoosiers:
“Yes, I like IU a lot. I like where it’s at and I like the program. They have some great pieces there, especially if I get to go play with one of the top recruits in the country, Cody Zeller. He’s a great player and IU has one of the elite programs in the country. It would be an honor to play there and for coach (Tom) Crean. I am really looking forward to seeing what IU has to offer.”
Indiana currently has one scholarship remaining for the 2011-2012 season.
Abell is rated as a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and a 2-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com. He 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.