Video: Al Durham Jr. Nike EYBL highlights

  • 06/16/2016 6:50 am in

Class of 2017 Berkmar (Ga.) and Southern Stampede guard Al Durham Jr. was one of the best at getting to the line this spring on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball (EYBL) circuit. Over 16 EYBL games this spring, Durham averaged 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

With the help of Krossover, we recently broke down some film of Durham to provide Indiana fans with a feel for his game and style of play. While Durham did struggle with his shot in EYBL play (31.1 percent), he did hit 75 free throws in 16 games.

You can find more Nike EYBL highlights at Krossover.

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  • N71

    He’s amphibious using either hand to get his shot off in traffic.

  • TomJameson

    Does he do it in traffic … under water??? lol

  • TomJameson

    I think he’s got a nice all around game. Love it that he can draw fouls like he does. Like that he seems comfortable using either hand taking it to the hoop (ambidextrous like). Has a pretty decent shot. But most of all, he actually seemed to play defense. Isn’t that rare playing in these tourneys?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    looks like he’s bulked up considerably. must be eating his wheaties

  • SCHoosier

    Seems to have a better stroke than his shooting % would indicate? Last tape showed him very crafty at getting to the bucket. Like his size..hope he likes D/boards so he can use that size effectively.

  • Brklynhoosier

    I wonder if the shooting percentage has to do w/ the extent to which he’s driving to the hole, fishing for contact? Had a couple lucky finishes in this shot — I’m guessing more often than not the ball doesn’t go in. At the 3 line, seems to be a little off-balance/rushing it. Overall, this is reassuring. Finishing better will come w/ more bulk, and better balance will come with coaching and practice. He’s very crafty w/ the ball. For an amphibian.

  • Arch Puddington

    Allowing for all the usual disclaimers about the limits of mix tapes, I like what I see. He looks smooth more than explosive and crafty more than athletic, but those traits work, too. Nice length on the perimeter, active defensively, seems to know how to play in traffic. Looks like a more complete and polished version of Stan Robinson, and not because of the the lefty thing. Similar body type and physical tools, but better shooting and (seemingly) better handle. If he has a good head on his shoulders, he will do well as a Hoosier.

  • Arch Puddington

    I think you mean “ambulatory”. Or maybe “amorphous”.

    In any case, he looks good.

  • Arch Puddington

    You know, Tom, I have watched a lot of these AAU-type games, and I have found that the defense is not as deficient as people say. The players are looking to attract the attention of recruiters, and while scoring is always the big attraction, kids who can defend in space, block shots, and even rebound get attention, too. It’s an extreme, but think about a kid like Goodluck Okonoboh, who had offers from just about every top program on the basis of his shot blocking alone. Hanner Perea was in that same category — limited offensively, but super athletic and at least theoretically a good defender and rebounder.

    What I have found to be lacking is quality team play at both ends of the court. Offenses are largely limited to someone driving into the lane, often wildly, and there is little switching, rotation, or other team defense. I think most players play hard, but when a) they receive little coaching and practice time as a team, and b) they are all ultimately looking out for themselves, it looks pretty sloppy.

    Even allowing for that, though, AD does look good defensively in this video. Defending, playing in traffic, and getting to the line are premium B1G skills, even if they aren’t the things that get high rankings. If he develops his technical skills a bit, he could be a really good player for multiple years.

  • Kyl470

    Agreed. Overall his shooting form looks ok. I’m guessing his low percentage is probably a result of poor shot selection which we can’t see in a mix tape. Also shooting is usually something you can count on improving once he gets on campus and starts working with coaches. Neither Vic or Yogi were great outside shooters their freshman year, but both developed a much better outside shot during their time in Bloomington. His ability to draw fouls though is something I don’t think is easy to teach. Some players just seems to have a knack for finding contact in a way that will cause refs to blow the whistle.

  • mars5123

    You both mean “ambidextrous”.

  • Arch Puddington

    No, we meant just what we said. It’s called “joking”.

  • Bill Graham

    yep he’s a frog alright!

  • mars5123

    Sorry, I thought you were serious, but the other two were joking around. My bad.

  • Bill Graham

    My assessment:

    1. Great mid-range and outside jumper.
    2. Great length and hustle
    3. Versatile- inside and outside threat

    Cons/Areas for Improvement:
    1. Strength (as with most high school kids this is the case)
    2. Quicker release
    3. Seems a bit shaky sometimes with lateral ball handling (good on linear drives though)

    Overall, I’m impressed and excited… but not ecstatic.

  • Arch Puddington

    You thought I was being serious when I suggested N71 might have meant to call AD “amorphous”? Now THAT’S funny:)

    No worries. Sarcasm, irony, etc., are hard to pick up in writing.

  • Bill Graham

    That’s interesting I thought the same thing. Very similar to Stan. Hope he continues to bulk up. He’s gonna need strength if he’s going to be a shooter/slasher in the BIG.

  • Bill Graham

    Also, if you haven’t heard we offered Luka Garza recently. He’s a 6’11 kid with a good frame and can even shoot the 3. He’s like a less athletic version of Frank the Tank. He’s probably more of a Louisville lean…but maybe we can get him in for a visit and change his mind. Hopes to make his decision by July.

  • TomJameson

    Thanks for that Arch, I’ve never seen an AAU-type game, so I appreciate the insight. It makes sense that the team concept would be missing to a degree. I did see AD make a couple of assists, but that’s just about as far as the teamwork really went.

    Good read.

  • Outoftheloop

    Ambidextrous! Lol.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    bout time for a recruiting board update, eh?

  • It’s on the list. 😉

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    thanks AB, lookin forward to it

  • Ole Man

    Don’t know how you can list a 31% shooter as “Great mid-range and outside jumper” and then call that a strength.
    However, I agree with your final remark.

  • Bill Graham

    Didn’t realize he was 31%…maybe he’s more like Stan Robinson than I thought….

  • Bill Graham

    Ya i was cruising through the 17 board and a couple of those guys have already signed elsewhere and there’s a few that should be added like Garza and Platek. Either way I’m excited for this 2017 class I think they’ll be our best recruiting class since Creek, Hulls, and Watford.

  • Bill Graham

    Sidenote: I dont know if Alex will cruise these comments or not but if so…It would be nice if the comments for the recruiting boards stayed open longer. They always close early and it’d be nice to discuss recruiting in an organized fashion as it changes….rather than dropping recruiting comments on separate and random articles.

  • Rambit

    Ummm are they trying to say that he can use either hand? lol


    Being someone that has coached a fairly substantial amount of AAU games, I couldn’t agree more with what you have stated. Watching an AAU game and trying to evaluate how good a player is, or what a player excels at, as opposed to say a more structured setting such as their high school team, has to viewed through somewhat of a different lens. I’ve not put those beliefs out there in as straight up fashion as you in your comment, simply because I didn’t want to have the proverbial, “you don’t know what you’re talking about”, or, “how many AAU games have you watched, one, maybe two” arguments. After seeing that you received none of that type of thing with this comment, maybe I should not have been so reluctant to put those kind of points out there.

    Well put.

  • Arch Puddington

    Rest assured I was not trying to be a smarty-pants. I’ve watched enough to offer an informed opinion, but not enough to be an expert. Glad to hear your experiences are similar to mine.