Abell, a Louisville native, said “I just felt like that was the best school for me. They have a lot to offer. It’s close to home and is what best suits me.”.
He also praised Xavier’s style and attitude, “Nobody’s selfish on the team. Everybody on the team’s a winner, they just want to win games. The coaching staff is great, Chris Mack is great. I like the way they use ball screens well and get up and down.”.
Abell will not be able to play next season, the NCAA does not allow transfer-students to suit up their first year after changing schools, but he could be a big part of XU’s success in the 2014-15 season, especially if Samaj Christon leaves for the NBA after this upcoming season.
Xavier recruited Abell during his high school years, but he decided to commit to Indiana.