Georgia guard Aljami Durham is IU’s 1st 2017 commit #iubb

Two days after a visit to Hoosier Hysteria, Georgia guard Aljami Durham is Indiana’s first commitment in the 2017 class.

Durham, a three-star left-handed point guard, announced his plan to attend IU through a Twitter post Monday morning. The 6-foot-4 product of Lilburn, Ga. also considered offers from Miami, South Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, among others.

According to the 247 Sports Composite, Durham is the No. 138 prospect in the 2017 recruiting class, the No. 35 point guard and the No. 12 recruit in the state of Georgia.

“First of all, I would like to thank god, my family, close friends, and my coaches for guiding and preparing me for this decision,” Durham wrote. “I would like to thank all the coaches and universities that took the time out to recruit and call me. After discussing my options with my family we have decided that Indiana University will be the best place for me to attend college and further my basketball career! Hoosier Nation!”

Durham received his Indiana offer during a visit in June, when he sat down with IU coach Tom Crean and received a campus tour. IU assistant Chuck Martin led the recruiting push for Durham. His family returned to Bloomington for Saturday’s Hoosier Hysteria, an event Durham’s father, Al, called “outrageous.”

“Out of all the schools, Indiana really, really recruited him,” Al Durham said. “He felt comfortable with those guys and they talked to him. It wasn’t just about basketball. You gotta have a good relationship wherever you go. You want to feel comfortable and see that they really care and that they’re really going to take care of you, especially as a parent.”

Durham plays on the AAU circuit for Georgia outfit Southern Stampede, and averaged 14 points per game last summer as a 16-year-old playing in the 17-and-Under division. A natural point guard, Durham can also play the shooting guard and small forward positions.

When he arrives, Durham will join recent 2016 commits Grant Gelon, a shooter from Crown Point, and four-star combo guard Curtis Jones, a Virginia native whose skill set has been compared to current IU guard James Blackmon Jr.

Durham’s father said his son likes to push the ball up the court and seems to be a fit for Crean’s uptempo offense. Rather than wait another year to make his commitment, Durham saw an opportunity to end the recruiting process and begin preparing for the transition to the Big Ten.

“He liked the plan coach Crean had in place for him and the opportunity that presents itself when he comes on campus, with Yogi (Ferrell) and those guys leaving, and Blackmon, he’ll (possibly) be gone,” Durham said. “They picked up (Jones) and there’s a chance to possibly play alongside him. I think that would be an outstanding backcourt. He looked at that, as well. There’s also the opportunity to come in immediately and play, as long as he holds up his end of the bargain and continues to improve and get better. What better place to do it than Indiana? It doesn’t get much better than that.”

11 comments

  1. @t

    Other than post players, all of Crean’s out of nowhere recruits have turned out really well. Got to give him the benefit of the doubt here.

  2. If. TC out of nowhere recruits turned out so well where is national championship or even final fours? High Expectations!

  3. He has grown three inches in the past year, Florida has offered, UNC has been calling (per Zagsblog) and 247 has him as a 4-star. Something tells me he’s not your typical 3-star, t. Just saying.

  4. Congrats to the young man. He has potential and you have to like the size at guard. No telling what he will look like by 2017. Rankings do not tell the whole story. I’m glad VO did not let his 3 stars dictate his future. Besides, with a good year this kid could jump substantially.

  5. I agree Sam. 3 stars at this point just tells you about potential. This young man’s basketball growth will come the next 2 summers in the AAU programs,

  6. With Crean, talent evaluation, player development and recruiting are really not the issue. The issues seem to be his in-game ability and teaching a team how to play against a good zone defense. But I too will give Crean the benefit of the doubt on this kid’s potential.

  7. This kid really wants to be a Hoosier! I really want him to succeed! Welcome Aljami! Great name by the way.

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