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Watch and listen to what the trio had to say in the embedded player below courtesy of IU Athletics:
Quotes are available after the jump.
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 …
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.”
“The kid knows how to win. He’s a great teammate and he makes everyone around him better.”
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.