Add a third player to the list of those leaving Indiana before graduation. This one to a transfer.
The Hoosiers announced that guard Remy Abell will leave the program to seek more playing time at another school.
“I am going to miss everyone,” Abell said in a release from the athletic department. “But I just feel at this time a fresh start and new opportunities are what is best in following God’s plan for me.”
A one-time Bradley commitment, Abell experienced a recruiting boom near the end of his career at Eastern High School in Louisville, Ky. and accepted a scholarship from coach Tom Crean. Over his two years with the program, Abell has averaged 3.5 points in 10.7 minutes per game. He saw a little more action this season than he did as a freshman, going from 8.3 to 12.5 minutes per game.
With the graduation of Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo choosing to forgo his final season in Bloomington for the NBA Draft, it was totally possible that Abell would’ve seen an increase in playing time as a junior. Though Crean has a solid 2013 recruiting class, with Stanford Robinson being the lone true point guard in the six-man class. Will Sheehey and Yogi Ferrell also return.
Abell was more than likely going to continue in his role as a reserve, had he stayed at IU. Can’t blame him for leaving. However, it’ll be interesting as to which schools get in the mix for Abell. He was always billed as a mid-major recruit until late in his high school career and taking that road for the final two years of his college career could bring positive results.
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Steve Prohm announced on Monday that starting center Jameel McKay will not be in the lineup on Wednesday when the Cyclones take on Texas Tech.
“He’ll practice today because I want him in practice,” Prohm said, “but game-wise, he’s suspended.”
McKay did not make the trip to Stillwater with the team on Saturday, where Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, 64-59. Prohm has not gotten into specifics regarding the cause of McKay’s suspension, but it’s reportedly an issue with the way he has been practicing. McKay is dealing with a nagging knee injury, which may play a role in the situation as well.
“My hope is he’ll be with us on Saturday,” Prohm said.
Like the Coaches Poll, Villanova found themselves No. 1 in the AP Poll during the regular season for the first time in the history of the program.
And like the Coaches Poll, there isn’t much in the way of a consensus when it comes to who is the No. 1 team, as there are six teams that received No. 1 votes in the poll this week.
The biggest shock to me?
The No. 1 team in the NBC Sports Top 25, Iowa, received just 11 first place votes and is ranked fourth in the AP Poll.
They were ranked fifth in the Coaches Poll.
Can we get Fran McCaffery the love they deserve?
Here is the rest of the AP Poll:
1. Villanova (20-3, 32 first-place votes)
2. Maryland (21-3, 13)
3. Oklahoma (19-3, 7)
4. Iowa (19-4, 11)
5. Xavier (21-2)
6. Kansas (19-4, 1)
7. Virginia (19-4, 1)
8. Michigan State (20-4)
9. North Carolina (19-4)
10. West Virginia (19-4)
11. Oregon (18-4)
12. Miami (FL) (18-4)
13. Louisville (19-4)
14. Iowa State (17-6)
15. Texas A&M (18-5)
16. SMU (20-2)
17. Arizona (19-5)
18. Purdue (19-5)
19. Dayton (19-3)
20. Providence (18-6)
21. Baylor (17-6)
22. Kentucky (17-6)
23. USC (18-5)
24. Texas (16-7)
25. Wichita State (17-6)
DROPPED OUT: No. 22 Indiana, No. 25 South Carolina
NEW ADDITIONS: No. 23 USC, No. 24 Texas