Pair of IU signees set to participate in Derby Festival Basketball Classic

  • 04/13/2017 8:54 am in

Two IU class of 2017 signees – Al Durham Jr. and Justin Smith – will participate in this weekend’s Derby Festival Basketball Classic in Louisville.

The 44th annual Derby Festival Classic will tip off on Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET at Freedom Hall. The game will be televised locally in Southern Indiana and Louisville on WDRB (Channel 41) and nationally on FS2 (channel locator). It will also be streamed live on Fox Sports Go.

Tickets to Saturday’s game are $18 in advance or $20 at the door and are available at Ticketmaster locations, or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Additionally, the annual “Night of the Future Stars” event, which includes a dunk contest, 3-point shootout and 2-on-2 contest, will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on the campus of Indiana University Southeast in New Albany.

Admission to “Night of the Future Stars” is free with a ticket to the Derby Festival Basketball Classic or with a Derby Festival Pegasus pin. Pegasus Pins are available for $6 at all Kroger locations in Southern Indiana and Louisville.

Among the other notable participants in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic: Malik Williams (Louisville), Paul Scruggs (Xavier), Kris Wilkes (UCLA), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Kentucky) and D.J. Harvey (Notre Dame).

Clifton Moore, a 2017 Indiana signee who hasn’t announced whether he will open up his recruitment or stick with the Hoosiers, is playing in the Jordan Brand Regional Game on Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Several current and former Indiana players have participated in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic, including Curtis Jones, De’Ron Davis, OG Anunoby, Thomas Bryant, Juwan Morgan, Troy Williams, Collin Hartman, Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Maurice Creek, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford.

Full rosters for the game are available below:

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  • Ptmontana

    Does Justin Smith really weigh 230#?

  • VOXAC30

    He is listed at 210 on 247Sports but I am guessing that was last year.

  • SilentBob

    If all our guards besides JBJ return I wonder whether Al might be a good candidate for the first redshirt of the coach Miller era? Could certainly benefit from a year dedicated to the weight room. Also if Miller stays true to the 9 or so deep method then that’d definitely put Al on the outside looking in for minutes.

  • N71

    Anyone have scoop on Clifton Moore…feels like the boat is drifting from the dock on this one.

  • Phshman

    I think the further it goes without him opening up his recruitment the better chance we have of keeping him. Would love to see his 6’10” frame along side TB and DD. Easier to play two big guys at once when you have another one waiting in the wings. Is it November yet? Getting more excited each day.

  • Arch Puddington

    It is interesting that CM has explicitly stated that he does not want to fill the roster to capacity just for the sake of bodies, and yet is pursuing more players than the roster can accommodate. Even allowing for the recent announcement that OG is gone and three others are at least looking, he seems to be doing just what he said he wouldn’t. That’s not particularly meant as a criticism, because of course it is perfectly legal and ethical to max out the roster. But it is different than what I understood him to say about such matters, and I will be interested to see how It plays out this year and in years to come.

  • Missing Moye

    I think it’s a unique situation where there are 4 players looking at professional careers, possible transfers from a regime change, and incoming recruits that were signed but potentially looking elsewhere. CTC’s management of scholarships was always questionable and Miller inherited that mess. Now if he were out there trying to pick even more kids for next year, then I’d be concerned. But I think right now he is just trying to honor the scholarship commitments that the university made before he ever got here.

    I think in the future we’ll see a whole lot less of this sort of thing.

  • SilentBob

    I feel ya but I have to agree with MM on this one. Also can’t knock him for wanting to have a solid freshmen class this year when we could have as many as six seniors leaving after next year

  • Arch Puddington

    Wasn’t knocking, just noticing. He knows more than we do about what is going on, and of course he doesn’t want his first year to be sunk by a roster depleted by more losses than expected. Still, we’re likely to start next year with just the kind of roster he said he didn’t want, including a number of players unlikely to see much playing time. Like I said, I’ll be interested to see if and how that changes in the years to come.

  • marcusgresham

    I think he can scale back incrementally, but if he doesn’t have a good number this year then he’d be starting 2018-19 with a whole lot of available slots. Hartman, Priller, Newkirk, and McSwain (as well as Johnson & Blackmon if they aren’t gone already,) will all graduate. If Bryant leaves this year or next you then only have Morgan in your senior class, three juniors, and two or three sophomores so you would be super-heavy with freshmen.

  • marcusgresham

    It does seem like an indicator that his ranking may be low if he’s been invited to play in the Jordan Brand game.