Abell averaged 3.5 points and 10.7 minutes at IU. The potential for more playing time was there given guard Jordan Hulls had used up his college eligibility and Victor Oladipo had recently announced he was skipping his first season to enter the NBA Draft.
However, IU's incoming six-player freshman class included two guards — Stanford Robinson and Troy Williams. The Hoosiers return starting point guard Yogi Ferrell and the Big Ten's top sixth man in Will Sheehey, plus often-injured reserve Maurice Creek in the backcourt.
“Remy has been an outstanding citizen and a solid player for us the past two years,” coach Tom Crean said in a university 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.”
Abell, who is from Louisville, was a solid off-the-bench contributor down the stretch this season. He had six points and two rebounds against Wisconsin in the Big Ten tourney. He had seven points in the Hoosiers' NCAA tourney win over James Madison.
Abell started the season strong. He didn't miss a shot in IU's first two games, wins over Bryant and North Dakota State, scoring 12 and a career-high 14 points. He had 10 points against Coppin State, and 12 points and a career-high six rebounds against Mount St. Mary's.
However, his playing time diminished during the Big Ten season.
“Being at Indiana has been the best two years of my life,” Abell said in a release. “I love the school, the program, the fans. I want to thank everyone for their support.
“The coaching staff has been great to me. 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.”
Abell's transfer, combined with Oladipo and forward Cody Zeller leaving college early to enter this summer's NBA draft (Oladipo and Zeller announced their decisions earlier in the week), means IU will be at its scholarship limit of 13 for next season.
This will likely end speculation about who would have to leave for IU to meet its scholarship limit.