In his four years at Xavier, coach Chris Mack has developed a solid reputation for developing guards, especially those who can take the ball to the rim. Remy Abell, who is transferring after two seasons at Indiana, decided Mack’s sort of coaching and style of play was exactly what he was looking for.
Abell announced via text message Friday that he decided to transfer to Xavier after narrowing his list to also include St. Louis and St. Mary’s. He took visits to both Xavier and St. Louis in the past week.
“They’ve got winners over there,” Abell said of Xavier. “They use ball screens well, they play uptempo. That’s my kind of basketball. I feel really great about everything over there.”
Though the recruiting process was quick, Abell said he developed a good relationship with Mack.
“We connected very well and very quickly,” Abell said. “He’s been through some things like I have in terms of the transfer situation. He knows where I’m coming from and what I’m looking for, and he’s a great coach. I feel very confident that he has a great plan for me.”
Abell averaged 4.0 points in 12.5 minutes per game this season, often as Indiana’s first reserve off the bench. With the graduation of Jordan Hulls and the early NBA draft entry of Victor Oladipo, Abell was expected to see more minutes in 2013-14, but felt he needed a new start.
In Xavier, he will join another loaded backcourt and will have to work hard for minutes when he becomes eligible after a transfer season. Freshman point guard Semaj Christon led this year’s 17-14 Xavier squad with 15.2 points per game. Sophomore Dee Davis, who won two state championships at Bloomington South, averaged 8.2 per game this season. Both will still have eligibility when Abell returns to play.
“I can’t wait to play with them and get to know them,” Abell said. “We’ll definitely do some damage when I get there.”