Durham, Smith sign National Letters of Intent with Indiana

  • 11/09/2016 6:28 pm in

The early signing period for college basketball began on Wednesday and two of Indiana’s three class of 2017 commitments signed their National Letters of Intent.

Three-star Berkmar (Ga.) guard Aljami “Al” Durham Jr. and four-star Adlai Stevenson (Ill.) wing Justin Smith made things official with the Hoosiers in ceremonies today. Indiana’s third commitment in the class, Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.) forward Clifton Moore, is expected to sign on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

In 16 games on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit last spring, Durham averaged 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Southern Stampede.

As a junior at Berkmar, the 6-foot-4 Durham averaged 14.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game and shot 34 percent on 3s.

Durham is rated the No. 249 prospect nationally in the 247Composite.

Smith, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 17 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists for Stevenson high school as a junior.

He averaged 8.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game this past spring on the Nike EYBL circuit for the Mac Irvin Fire.

Smith, who chose the Hoosiers over Villanova back in late September, is rated the No. 75 player nationally by the 247Composite.


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  • RDD#76

    Look like a couple of quality young men coming in to the program that have embraced IU. I have a feeling Al is the next under rated player that blossoms here.

  • randy

    Welcome to Hoosier Nation, boys!

  • MPmike B

    Welcome home gentlemen! You will be loved.

  • Bruce Clark

    Welcome gentlemen: you will love the school and program. Class young men.

  • sarge

    I really like these guys! Welcome to IU, Bloomington is going to have much love for ya.

  • Conrad Schlegel

    Welcome to Hoosier Nation

  • Shaggy_C

    That IU sweater is fresh! I wish TIS had that kind of style available when I was an undergrad. Welcome to the Hoosiers, gents!

  • Outoftheloop

    I love the photos of the happy young men with their families! Welcome to the Hoosier Nation!

  • ForeverIU

    Justin Smith looks like a young Harry Belafonte. Watch out, ladies!

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Expect Al Durham to come out of the gates like Devonte Green will this year. You heard it here first folks. I just have a feeling about this kid, same as I did Green. We’ll be calling him by is whole first name after his freshman year: Al – JAM – i

  • John D Murphy

    Dad #1 with the bow tie and Dad #2 with the sweater vest. Nice.

  • I really have a suspicion that with some of the off-season issues in the past, CTC and his staff are really looking at kids’ characters in making their offers. I don’t mean to say anything bad about any previous kids, nor about any kids we’re not going after (or not getting), but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that every kid we are picking up seems to be of _particularly_ high caliber in terms of character. I think that pays dividends not only in terms of avoiding problems, but in terms of building cohesive teams as well.

    If I’m right, then maybe it would mean passing on some 5-star players, but I have no problem with picking up those high fours and the occasional five like TB, and then letting CTC’s developmental program make them into better players than the ones we’re letting go. I think it’s been established that CTC and his staff can find diamonds in the rough and turn them into something special.

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Welcome to B-Town!! you will enjoy your college of choice, a great place to be!

  • sarge

    Good looking recruits that come from good looking families! I know this is a special time for them all to share such a moment, and they sure did dress for the occasion. I can’t wait to welcome these families to Assembly Hall on game day!

  • Spooky

    Simply AMAZING. AL Durham with 15.4 ppg in the EYBL as a junior??? Unbelievable. Two questions: How is Aljami only ranked a 3-star recruit? And how does Coach Tom Crean hit so many home runs on the recruiting trail where other high-major coaches miss on recruiting underrated young men like, AL??? The fact that CTC can continually find such AMAZING young men on and off the court is something so special! What an eye for talent, beauty & character! If only a CERTAIN recruit conducted himself like this AMAZING YOUNG MAN, we wouldn’t be reading tweets that make you wanna throw up!

  • plane1972

    I agree. He appears to be a diamond in the rough and every time I see him he looks totally jacked to be a Hoosier. I also have a feeling Justin Smith is going to help us forget about Kris Wilkes. He won’t be the immediate impact guy Wilkes is likely to be, but he will be around longer and ultimately be a bigger prize.