Remy Abell Joins IU Men's Basketball Recruiting Class
May 18, 2011
Bloomington, Indiana - Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that Remy Abell, a 6-4, 197-lb., All-State combo guard from Eastern High School in Louisville, has signed an offer of financial aid and will play for the Hoosiers next season. He joins Austin Etherington, a 6-6, 185 pound All-State small forward from Hamilton Heights (Ind.) High School and Cody Zeller, a 6-11, 220 pound All-American power forward from Washington (Ind.) High School.
Abell played for head coach Jason Couch at Eastern High School and is listed as one of the top five recruits in the state of Kentucky. As a senior, he averaged 16 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.5 steals and had 25 blocked shots. He also shot 55 percent from the floor and 36 percent from the 3-point line in leading his team to a 33-3 record and a No. 1 ranking in the state. Eastern advanced to the final four of the Kentucky State Tournament and had four players sign letters of intent to play Division I basketball.
He was named First Team All-State (second leading vote getter) by the Louisville Courier-Journal and named MVP for this past season among Louisville and Lexington players by the B/C Times. He scored 20 points to lead the Kentucky All-Star team against the Ohio All-Star team . As a junior, he was named First Team All-Seventh Region and averaged 14 points per game while leading his team to a 21-9 record. As a sophomore, he led Eastern to the Sweet 16 semifinals of the Kentucky state tournament. He played AAU Basketball for the Shining Stars and was coached by Jeff Davis.
He will be just the sixth Kentuckian to play basketball for IU and the first since Tom Boone was on the roster in 1969-70.
Crean on Abell: "Remy 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 southern Indiana/Louisville area where we have such a wonderful fan base."
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