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Is Remy Abell reconsidering transferring out of Indiana? (UPDATED)


(Update 3:05 p.m.: He’s gone.)

Last Friday, Remy Abell announced his intention to transfer out of the Indiana program.

The school even sent out a release, in which Abell was quoted as saying, “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.”

The goal, apparently, was to land somewhere where he would be able to get more playing time. Abell averaged 3.5 points in 10.7 minutes off the bench last season. But that line of thinking was a bit questionable, especially considering that Abell looked to be in line for a big bump in minutes this season. With Victor Oladipo and Jordy Hulls gone, Abell would have had a shot at starting at the off-guard spot. Indiana’s going to have a very deep front court next season, but their Yogi Ferrell is the only point guard on their roster, and the only other natural off-guard on the roster is Austin Etherington, who is coming off of a serious knee injury.

Would he have to compete with Will Sheehey and freshman Stanford Robinson for minutes? Probably, but Sheehey’s more of a small forward and there’s no guarantee that Robinson will be ready to compete in the Big Ten immediately.

Apparently, some of this may have gotten back to Abell, as there may be some second thoughts about transferring. From the Indy Star:

Remy Abell’s mother met with Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean about her son returning to the Hoosiers after the school announced last week he would transfer, Abell’s high school coach said.

“I do know that Remy’s mother has met with coach Crean personally,” said Jason Couch, now head coach at Shelby County High School in Kentucky. “His support system wants him to stay at IU.”

Crean texted IndyStar.com this statement:

“Right now, there is no change in his status. We continue to support Remy with ongoing dialogue, assistance and he has full access to our facilities to work out. My main concern is for his academic well being.”

Abell’s support system, according to Couch, wants him to remain at Indiana. The Indy Star report also says that Abell may simply be reacting poorly to Cody Zeller’s decision to enter the draft. Those two are apparently quite close.

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Report: Four-star center reclassifying to 2015; down to three

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An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.

The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.

But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.

VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.