Class of 2017 guard Al Durham sticking with Indiana

  • 04/06/2017 10:19 pm in

Class of 2017 Berkmar (Ga.) guard Al Durham is sticking with his commitment to Indiana.

Durham, a 6-foot-4 guard, announced the decision tonight after meeting with Archie Miller for two hours. He had originally asked for a release from his National Letter of Intent after Indiana fired Tom Crean last month.

“The meeting (with Archie) went real good,” Durham’s father Al Sr. told Inside the Hall on Thursday night. “That’s what it was all about. When we asked for the release, we didn’t know who the coach was going to be. We just wanted to make sure we had our options open just in case they got a coach he didn’t like. Once the hire was made, Archie did a great job of communicating with us, communicating with Al and making him feel comfortable. He laid out his plan, showed how Al fit and the opportunity he will have and the growth he will get.

“And once again, it’s still Indiana basketball. That’s hard to pass up.”

Durham was recently named all-state by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. He’ll participate in next week’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville.

In terms of the plan in place for Durham, his father said Miller was very specific in laying out his vision.

“If you look at what he did at Dayton, with the type of guards he had at Dayton, Al fits right in,” Durham Sr. said. “Open floor system, lots of pick and rolls. That’s Al’s game. Shooting, getting to the basket and drawing contact. All of that fits into what he does and what he coached at Dayton.

“It was almost like a no-brainer. He fits in perfectly for the style of play and what he’s looking to bring to Indiana and what he wants.”

Durham intends to arrive in Bloomington in June.

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  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Do you expect Archie to recruit “elite” talent to IU when he’s been the coach for two weeks? Give the man some time!

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    Two. Weeks.

    If they started Wimbledon on the day he was hired, it would have ended earlier this morning. Give the man some time.

  • Koko

    Actually it does count in terms of millions of dollars to their respective universities. It does pay to “participate” in the NCAA tournament. The higher you go the more money you make for the university….it does mean a lot Mr. Downer.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    So IU is in it for the $$$ or are we trying to win banners.. you are deflecting. Stop being satisfied with being “real good” we wanna be great

  • IdahoHoosier

    If you haven’t noticed, IU is in a drought of sorts regarding national championships. From 2008 to now, overall IU basketball is still trending upward. Now we have a new coach, working on a new identity, and fans are hopeful. Of course the goal is to win banners, but it takes time to grow a program. Why so negative toward the new regime just 2 weeks in???

  • DJWHITES TRAINER

    Only in todays world is this acceptable and a common way of thinking. Lavar Ball, the father of 3 NBA aspiring boys, has already gone on record as saying his kids don’t do homework after school. He personally trains and grooms his sons to become NBA millionaires. He said they don’t need school or to do homework. All they need is to train and shoot basketballs. For those who don’t know he has a knack for running his mouth and making stupid comments and his oldest son is currently projected to go 2nd in Junes NBA draft. His son Lonzo played under Steve Alford with the UCLA Bruins. The fathers latest dumb comment was reported by Clay Fowler of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and it reads. “Realistically you can’t win no championship with 3 white guys(on the team), because the footspeed is too slow.” But that is tolerated racism in todays society. Word for Ball. Maybe you should get rid of your white wife and your half white kids. Maybe if Lonzo didn’t have half white in him he wouldn’t have gotten schooled by DeAaron Fox of UK.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    LaVar is an idiot.. but he is right that Alford and Welsh were not athletic enough to guard and rebound at a high level

  • Sounds like a lovely existence.

  • Koko

    Apparently his son wasn’t so gifted as to pull the Bruins out of the doom of a loss into the final four and beyond. Who is slow and who isn’t has nothing to do with it but I’m very aware that you will not understand that.

  • Koko

    First off Mr. Downer, absolutes are unobtainable….we or any other team will not be great all the time. We can surely be a good team on a consistent basis which, much to your chagrin, will put us into the tournament more often than not. I am fully aware that winning banners is important and we surely need to win #6 very soon so we won’t be behind NC in that category. But you have to make it into the tournament first.

  • Ole Man

    Without having seen Archie coach one game at Indiana, we don’t know what he has to do “recruiting wise” to compete for and win titles.
    Not picking a fight. Just projecting some common sense into the equation.
    You’re judging him by your model. Let him build his own model and see it in action before we go making concrete pronouncements.

  • Jonny Fruits

    Can this kid play a lick of defense? I saw one steal, though I know it’s a highlight reel which is mainly scoring. Curious to see how much he buys into playing defense.

  • iugradmark

    Agree. Archie is doing the right things. Some of his comments are that he wants Indiana playing past the first weekend. One of the things that makes the tournament so much fun is that it is a one and done format. Most years, the team with the best talent does not win. If you are routinely playing past the first weekend, that is when all kinds of things can happen. Other teams get upset, your team can get on a roll and play hot, officiating can impact outcomes, etc.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Whatever his son did or didn’t do doesn’t change the fact that Alford and Welsh got physically dominated …missing shots and being athletically bullied is very different… but I don’t expect you to understand that.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    If you are just satisfied with being in the tournament ..then that’s the sad part ..we’ve been a good team on a consistent basis ..time to be great.. CTC would still be at IU if we wanted to be good

  • Koko

    You can blame the players for being dominated….I blame the coach….and I do expect you to understand that.

  • Koko

    Trying to get something through to you is like talking to a rock.
    I have yet to understand your definition of great….that could mean many things….tell me what great means to you in reference to the IU bball team. Be specific….no generalities.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Come on man, you gotta know by now that the recruiting rankings aren’t always accurate. OG, Oladipo, even Emmitt Holt was/is better than his ranking. Then you have the other end of the spectrum: Jeremy Hollowell, Cliff Alexander (Kansas) and Chris Walker (Florida)…

  • John D Murphy

    With you on the banners. However, in order to get that top talent, next year has to be good to build momentum. And there has to be stability. Hawkins was more important to UK than Briscoe by far. I would not have been heartbroken if AD had not chosen IU, but he did and I’ll support him and Coach.

  • John D Murphy

    Not nearly as many prospects from Ky as from Ind. And UK is weak in the Louisville area (not with fans, with local athletes). A better example would be UNC. I think they generally get most of the NC kids they want. At least better than we have lately.

  • John D Murphy

    But his dad is going the next doc libby (yogi’s mom) from all the comments. BTW, agree about Remy.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    I agree but rarely does a 4 or a 5 star not pan-out even more so the gambles are proven to be wrong. Just under the CTC realm there is a list of Tajon Joabe, Peter Jerkin’s. EH he was headed to PREP and Syracuse wanted him for the following year. AD it is much different there is a buzz about him and that is all I am trying to say.

  • Alan H

    I like CTC, but saying we didn’t recruit well or have the talent to compete with the bigs boys is bull. This team, which beat UNC and Kansas, started 2 5* recruits in TB and JBJ, 2 4* recruits in JM and RJ and 3*OG who arguably is the most talented of the group. Coming off the bench we had two freshman 4* players Davis and Jones with 3* Green who looked much better then his ranking. Further add 3* Newkirk and McSwan. There was plenty of talent to survive Hartmann and OG’s loss. The problem was defense, inconsistent shooting and turnovers. This was a coaching failure not a talent one. These issues never improved as the season progressed and cost CTC his job

    CTC’s biggest failure in recruiting was not finding and developing point guards on a consistent basis. Yes Yogi was great, but we didn’t have one before he arrived and didn’t and still don’t have one since he left. Green might become that guy but who knows.

    That said, i’m glad Colin is staying and AD is coming, but until we get someone to run the show on the court, it won’t matter how good the recruits coming here are or what their rankings are.

  • Brad

    Be prepared for an onslaught of nasty responses to your post. Anything negative directed towards Crean is not tolerated by a lot of people on here. Something I have found out several times. That said, I agree 100% with what you said. Crean failed in multiple areas. I have been excited by everything Archie has said and done to this point. He really has us going in the right direction.

  • Alan H

    I really like CTC. I like that our kids graduated, played hard, and were mostly good people. I respected his ability to find diamonds in the rough like VO and OG. However, I attended the GaTech NIT game, and have to say that was one of the worst performances of an IU team I have ever seen and I wasn’t surprised that Glass let CTC go after the game.

  • David Macer

    Maybe somebody was walking on his lawn while he typed his post. Who know ?? LOL

  • David Macer

    So Mark Few, Thad Matta, John Belien and many, many others don’t make your cut. Get real kind sir !!

  • powdereddonuts

    You generally gotta be good before you can be great. Gotta crawl before you can walk.

  • Neil

    UK is a bad example because they recruit well but don’t win many championships for the reasons explained above. I’d say Indiana is a top 5 state for talent. I think it would be foolish to not try to lock down the state your university resides in when it has top 5 talent. You need to lock down this state but I agree you need to get talen from other areas if the opportunity is there. Also the B1G network has killed the popularity of IU basketball in this state. It used to be you could watch any game on TV with no cable. Now you have to have cable and the B1G and even them you can’t watch them all unless you get BTN Mobile. Dumb.

  • Ole Man

    LOL!

  • Outoftheloop

    Alford is a medium (not tall or long) guard who can really shoot the 3! Lonzo is a streaky shooter from the 3 point arc, but a great assist man. Color has nothing to do with playing basketball, ask Larry and Magic!

  • Outoftheloop

    TJ was never a basketball player. He was an athlete who was 7′ tall and came to IU from Vincenes JC! But what a great young man!

  • Outoftheloop

    We shall see. That is why they “play” the games!

  • Outoftheloop

    But who actually follows your opinion?

  • Outoftheloop

    Do you have a ring? Thought not!

  • Outoftheloop

    You are factually wrong- Collins is/was the first McD AA in Gonzaga history!

  • Jeremy

    I keep reading how everyone was not satisfied with only getting to the sweet 16. I feel the same way. However, I personally think if we had been a consistent 25 game winner minus all the sloppy play that just drove me crazy , we would all most likely been alright with CTC. It was just the same constant turnover machine and head scratching substitution patterns that drove most of Indiana fans crazy. I could see CAM never going past the sweet 16 for 5-7 yrs and people still being good with him just having that feeling it was bad breaks and we have a solid coach who will one day break through. Hopefully, that doesnt happen we go further but I am just saying thats how I feel. I would be interested in others opinions.

  • 5 Banner Btown

    We wld still have Davis down low. Imo, Bryant didn’t have the greatest year and Davis impressed me alot with the minutes he had and the fact he had a late start coming in and missed a few months. In his 2nd yr he will be that much better. And that’s not me saying I dnt want TB back bc I do but I believe DD will b a key guy for next years squad regardless.

  • 5 Banner Btown

    It’s is important bc for coach Miller to b able to get these elite level recruits IU needs to stay relevant and be able to show the big name guys that we can win. So that’s y he is going and trying to get everyone that was on board for next season to stay on board bc it’s to late in the year for him to do anything bc most recruits have allready signed elsewhere. He needs a solid team to win n the next cpl of yrs so he can attract players to IU by showing them look what we r doing here and imagine what we cld be with your 5star talent on this squad. He knows what he is doing n he’s making all the right moves and has allready made a difference in the 2 weeks he’s been here. If he doesn’t win games then what 5 star player wld want to come?

  • sd chuck

    In your way of looking at things, 5star or bust, UK has #1 recruiting class every year, preseason ranking of #1, therefore if they don’t win the championship they are a failure! I would take somebody that wants to be here over somebody who thinks they are blessing you with their presence!

  • SeeingRed

    All any program can do is recruit well enough and coach them up well enough to be legitimate, consistent threats to make deep tournament runs every year. That’s it. If the program gets to that point, it becomes a numbers game and if a few things fall your way in March you can win a title.

    There are too many variables to simply proclaim “title or bust.” In order to hang another banner, Archie first has to elevate IU basketball to the next tier of regular contenders. I believe he is going to do just that.

  • SeeingRed

    When was IU good “on a consistent basis” recently? Not under Crean.

  • Craig Mitchell Ha’o.

    Bryant? Seems like Gelon mighf be considering the Transfer..wasnt injured but wasnt working out with the Guards. Priller…?. Didnt seem Tim got a chance under TC. New Coach..clean slate. If Bryant goes this Spring maybe TP earns some minutes at stretch 4. Hes supposed to be able to really shoot. His HS Coach mentioned “Kaminski” like.

    Priller’s a Senior and team/Fan fav. No way Miller runs him off. MAXIMIZE your summer work Tim..and Earn your shot!!

    Figuring Gelon transferring and OG going early. Liking Clifton Moore too!! But if we have Bryant back along with JBJ and add Al Durham Jr and SF Justin Smith..Wow. Loaded.

  • Craig Mitchell Ha’o.

    If JBJ and Bryant both return..both guys with REAL WORK under Miller this Summer could have Huge seasons ahead and sig. Raise their Games and Draft stock. Those 2 plus improved Senior Rob Johnson in a better System with talented improved guys like Curtis Jones and Devo Green off the bench-this might end up being Miller’s highest scoring Team ever. And way more efficient/ less turnovers. Hated Crean’s 3 point reliant sets where action normally going to the wings or crosscourt where we get picked and svored on- vs. Going

  • Craig Mitchell Ha’o.

    I like ADJ’s game! Nice stroke..good Handles..nice Burst to the rim. Easy range out to 3..and at 6’4″ and rangy he has enty of room to add 15-20 lbs of Muscle