A Hoosier From Kentucky

February 9, 2012

IU Hoops

Kentuckian Remy Abell makes his mark on the Indiana-Purdue rivalry.

Remy Abell is the rarest of things: An Indiana Hoosier from Kentucky.

Terry Hutchens explains:

Abell is only the sixth player from Kentucky to play at Indiana. Four of the first five did not score a point for IU. Ralph Dorsey scored 63 points in 48 games for the Hoosiers from 1937-40.

Abell already has 68 points, making him the all-time leading scorer among Kentuckians at IU.

Among bordering states, Michigan has also produced just six Hoosiers, most recently Jordan Crawford in 2007-08. Verdell Jones III and Matt Roth are among 56 players from Illinois to play for IU. Ohio has produced 25 Hoosiers, including Tom Pritchard.

Abell is also the first Hoosier from down south since 1970.

It would seem this is because:

  1. The player pool in Kentucky high schools is shallower than in Indiana.
  2. The cream of the crop in Kentucky wants to stay home.
  3. There are only so many scholarships to go around in basketball.

Abell hit a huge three over the weekend against Purdue, so Indiana fans are happy to have him.

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