Abell will have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules, and then will have two years of eligibility left at Xavier starting in the 2014-15 season. He chose Chris Mack and the Musketeers over St. Louis and St. Mary's.
"It's a great program," Abell said. "It was the best fit for me. The coaching staff and teammates are great too. I'm just excited to get there."
Last week Abell visited Xavier and St. Louis, but canceled a scheduled visit to St. Mary's this week. Butler and other schools reportedly reached out, but weren't the right fit for the Louisville native.
"(Xavier) has a plan for me," Abell said. "Having the year off to get better and keep my game tight so I can make a huge impact when I get there."
As a sophomore, Abell averaged 10.7 minutes per game and 3.5 points for Indiana, which was ranked No. 1 a large portion of the season. Through most of the non-conference season he was averaging close to 15 minutes per game playing behind Will Sheehey. His minutes dwindled during Big Ten play and he played single-digit minutes in 10 of the 18 league games. However, his play picked up in the Big Ten and NCAA Tournaments, as he averaged 13.6 minutes per game in the postseason.
The departure of Jordy Hulls, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller may have contributed to Abell's decision to leave. He had formed a close bond with those guys, and his announcement to transfer came soon after Zeller and Oladipo announced that they were leaving Indiana early for the NBA.
Abell will give the Musketeers depth and versatility at the guard positions in 2014. He's known as a bigger, tough guard who can really defend. He'll also be able to play any of the three guard positions in Xavier's offense.
"I think I can do a lot on the floor and play a lot of different positions," Abell said.