Video: Al Durham Jr., Justin Smith address media at Derby Festival practice

  • 04/13/2017 5:28 pm in

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Class of 2017 Indiana signees Al Durham Jr. and Justin Smith will be teammates next winter in Bloomington and are also teammates for this weekend’s Derby Festival Basketball at Freedom Hall.

Both players arrived in the Derby city earlier today and practiced at Male high school. Inside the Hall was there and caught up with both players to discuss the coaching change in Bloomington and much more:

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  • Look like a couple of great kids, can’t wait for the season to start.

  • Spencer Mulesky

    Really great kids, speaks highly of both Crean’s work and now Archie’s success in selling the BEST program in CBB! I especially loved the Durham interview, I can imagine him being a great student representative for IU in the future as well! He’s in it for all the right reasons.

  • Rick Pearson

    Really glad they are going to be Hoosier’s this Fall 🙂

  • iugradmark

    Nice point. I was in the camp that it was ready to move on from Crean but he did recruit some nice young men. We only had a couple of kids that needed to be dealt with but most of the kids he recruited were high quality young men including these kids. Excited that they decided to stay with Indiana.

  • Arch Puddington

    Man, two bright, upbeat guys. D1 basketball is pretty ruthless, and not everyone gets a trophy. But these guys have their heads on straight, and it will be easy to root for them.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Watching Al body language when Cliff got brought up seemed that he knew that Cliff was going look else where. But that could just be me reading to much in to it. But they both seem really happy to be Hoosiers!!

  • KelvinSampson87

    The initial comments from Moore’s coach during his recruitment made it seem like he was very shy and very set on not spending anytime in the post. I think his coach actually called him a perimeter player which worked perfectly in Crean’s stupid no position offense. I am not sure his style of play would fit with Archie’s more traditional and more physical style of play. He would be a nice player to have but I wouldn’t be hugely disappointed to loose him.

    On another note Justin Smith seems like exactly the type of player we want at IU and it is very encouraging to hear how impressed he and his father were with our new coach.

  • IU Cal 1809

    Ya I do think he well be a good player but not right out of the gate. And your probably right about him not fitting AM style. What do u think about the kid from Minnesota that wanted to play for AM at Dayton asking for his LOI you think AM well go after him even tho were loaded with PGs?

  • Surferelm

    Awesome !

  • N71

    Both guys come across really, really well. Al may have to fight for playing time and Justin may see more than he wants. There was mention of Justin looking like Rick Fox and Reggie Theus had a love child but he also seems to be sized like them and plays a similar game, eerie.

    We’ve talked about the 4 guys who’ve declared and the outlook for the 3 who don’t have agents but there’s been strangely little discussion about Priller. In the past he’s been part of some pun or backhanded comment but his time late in the season has me wondering if he’s turned a corner, could he reliably contribute 10-12 minutes a game? I’m thinking yes if he’s not on the court with 4 lesser players and receiving the focus of the opposing defense. From the small sample size he seems the clever opportunist which is fine, just different that DeRon who can impose himself. If we retain Thomas that would give us 7 guys to handle frontline responsibilities, Thomas, DeRon, Juwan, Justin, Tom, Freddie, and Collin. The more Tom can contribute the more that frees up Collin and Justin to do other things, Tom is a wildcard of sorts. If Thomas does end up leaving then Tom is suddenly more important than he probably wants to be.

  • Linda Knittle

    Great kids! Can’t wait for the season to begin!

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Does Durham ever stop smiling? When his playing days are over he needs to sponsor a toothpaste! lol In all seriousness though, I think he could have a great career at IU. I saw he had more than a few good scoring games this season.

  • MzMon31

    Their offenses dealt mostly with underage drinking and driving under the influence. I can deal with alcohol related offenses. You hear the stories out of Baylor, Kansas etc of players punching women and reports of sexual assault at players houses. It seems Crean recruited men who respected women – Watford, Jordan now Collin all marrying their college girlfriends. He recruited men like Cody and Vic who weren’t ashamed to be religious.

  • TomJameson

    You know you had a great comment going, but you didn’t really need to add a Crean bashing (stupid no position offense) in there. Now I have to point out that, while I didn’t always enjoy the no-position part, Creans offense was always a top ranked offense, and mostly a top 15 offense. Say what you will, but his offense wasn’t “stupid”. Effective would be a much more accurate word.

    Now, the lack of a consistent and cohesive defense is another story.

  • TomJameson

    Good point. I really wish Tim had gotten more minutes just for the experience and “skill building” opportunity. But I bet if he did get more of the non-junk minutes there would be an outcry about it. I guess giving Tim minutes is a damned if you do, damned if you don’t kind of thing.

    IMO, Tim could be effective in Archie’s system if he could get a few more minutes, but I doubt if it will happen.

  • TomJameson

    One thing that sounded great to me was how Al described his affinity for playing defense. Prides himself on it. Plus, he was pretty animated and all smiles when he was mentioning how much he liked defense. This young man will fit right in with Archie’s system.

  • KelvinSampson87

    I am not going to argue that Crean’s offenses were not successful particularly with an elite played/leader like Zeller or Yogi. That being said the no position portion of the offense was definitively stupid.

    My intention was not to bash Crean. He is a great person and is responsible for pulling our program out of the gutter and restoring IU to a respectable and competitive program. Three sweet sixteens and two big ten championships is proof his system can produce impressive albeit inconsistent results.

    My point was Crean’s coaching style is almost the polar opposite of Archie Miller’s and I do not blame Moore for taking a different path (if that is what he decides). I am appreciative of Crean’s contribution and optimistic about our futur.

  • TomJameson

    That’s okay man, I agree with almost everything you’ve said. CTC didn’t do a lot of things I would have wanted, and did some that I didn’t like, but being stupid isn’t one of the words I would ever use to describe him.

    But I really get what you’re saying, and I mostly agree with it, just wouldn’t have said it like that. Lot of people didn’t like that positionless philosophy.

    He had a good and fairly consistent offense, I would have loved to see a good and consistent defense. 🙂