INDIANAPOLIS – As the postseason gets started for Indiana and Purdue there have already been a number of changes on each roster. Friday brought one more for each.
Late Friday Indiana announced that guard Remy Abell will transfer from the school after two seasons just a few hours after the Boilermakers announced that forward Jacob Lawson would depart West Lafayette for another college destination.
Both players came off the bench for each team this past season and mark continued changes on each roster. For Tom Crean they have been more dramatic as Abell’s transfer marks the third player out this week following Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo’s declarations for the NBA Draft.
“Remy has been an outstanding citizen and a solid player for us the past two years,” said Crean in a statement released by the university. “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 echoed similar sentiments as his statement focused more on praise than why he’s leaving. The guard averaged 3.5 points in 10.7 minutes of playing time during his two season with the Hoosiers.
“Being at Indiana has been the best two years of my life,” said Abell through the university. “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 .”
With the move Indiana now has the same number of players as scholarships.
Meanwhile at Purdue Lawson departs the Boilermakers after appearing in 38 games in his two years at Purdue in which he averaged 2.3 points and two rebounds a game.“We enjoyed having Jacob as a member of our program for two years,” said Painter in a statement released by Purdue. “He’s a quality young man and we wish him the best moving forward.”