With sophomore guard Remy Abell’s decison to transfer to another school, Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean has cleared space on the roster for the Hoosiers’ incoming class of six freshmen.
Abell’s decision was announced late Friday night in a news release from the IU sports information department. He joins five other departing players in seniors Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford and Derek Elston, junior Victor Oladipo and sophomore Cody Zeller.
“Remy has been an outstanding citizen and a solid player for us the past two years,” Crean stated in the release. “He indicated to us that he would like to look to go to a program that has a different style of play and one where he can get more playing time.”
A Louisville native, Abell played in all 36 games for IU this season, averaging 4.0 points, 1.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game. He appeared in 32 games as a freshman, averaging 3.0 points. During his two years, he made 22 of 48 3-pointers for a 45.8 percent shooting accuracy from behind the arc.
“Being at Indiana has been the best two years of my life,” said Abell. “I love the school, the program, the fans and I want to thank everyone for their support. The coaching staff has been great to me and I couldn’t ask to have had better teammates while I was here.
“I am going to miss everyone, but I just feel at this time a fresh start and new opportunities are what is best in following God’s plan for me .”
When Oladipo and Zeller announced their decisions to declare for the NBA draft, IU was still one scholarship player over the limit of 13.
Now the roster has just seven returning veterans in Will Sheehey, Maurice Creek, Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell, Hanner Mosquera-Perea, Peter Jurkin and Austin Etherington. The six incoming freshmen are 6-10 Luke Fischer, 6-8 Noah Vonleth, 6-6 Devin James Jr., 6-6 Collin Hartman, 6-7 Troy Williams and 6-4 Stanton Robinson. Vonleh is a McDonald’s All-American.
The Hoosiers still could end up being over the limit of 13 scholarship players if reports are true that Crean is pursuing another point guard, Jaren Sina from Gladstone, N.J. The 6-foot-1 guard was released from his national letter of intent to attend Northwestern when the Wildcats fired coach Bill Carmody.
According to reports, Sina still could choose to attend Northwestern but he’s first going to take a lot of IU, Alabama and Seton Hall.
Looking ahead to 2014
Crean is also looking to the 2014-15 freshmen class, offering a scholarship to 6-foot-9, 220-pound center Goodluck Okonoboh of Wilbraham, Mass. Okonobo is a former AAU teammate of incoming freshman Vonleh.
Okonoboh is the No. 3 ranked center in the country by Rivals.com and the 34th ranked player in the nation in the 2014 class.
Not measuring up
The official measurements from the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament are always of great interest to scouts from the NBA and other professional leagues.
And now we have confirmation (as if we didn’t already know) that Indiana guard Jordan Hulls is shorter than 6-foot. Hulls measured 5-10.75 inches and weighed 171 pounds (not his listed 182).
Other players of note were Butler’s Rotnei Clarke, who also measured in around 5-11 instead of 6-foot. Notre Dame’s Jack Cooley also “shrunk” an inch, measuring at 6-8 instead of 6-9.