Miller reaches out to Durham

One of Archie Miller’s first tasks as Indiana men’s basketball coach involved calling a family in Georgia.

Shortly after he was officially announced as IU coach on Saturday afternoon, Miller reached out to three-star guard Al Durham and his father, Al Sr., telling both that Durham remains a priority as Miller transitions to his new role in Bloomington.

Durham, a high school senior who committed to IU in October 2015, requested his release from a signed National Letter of Intent shortly after Tom Crean’s dismissal as Indiana coach on March 16.

Miller made it clear to the Durham family on Saturday that he wants the 6-foot-4 slasher to remain a Hoosier.

“Pretty much a couple hours after the news was announced he reached out,” Al Sr. said. “He called myself and Al and the family and he let Al know he was a priority. He didn’t want him to go anywhere. He wanted to keep him at the school. (Durham) fits in his plans and how (Miller) plays with his guards. He said he’s one of the best players out there and he wants him to stay. He doesn’t want to go anywhere.”

Durham’s father says his son was crushed to learn that Crean was fired from Indiana. Durham developed a strong relationship with the former head coach and assistant Chuck Martin, verbally committing to the program as the first member of the 2017 class.

Durham and fellow 2017 signee Clifton Moore, a 6-foot-10 forward, each requested their release from IU on March 20. A message left Sunday for Moore’s AAU coach was not immediately returned. Four-star signee Justin Smith remains committed to Indiana.

Due to work obligations, Durham’s father says he hasn’t had time to sit down with his son and discuss his feelings. But Durham’s father was encouraged to see immediate interest from the new IU coach.

“That shows he wants him,” Al Sr. said. “… Archie could have come in and said, ‘Hey, I don’t like that type of guard. That’s not in my plans. I’m going after this guard.’ We couldn’t be mad at that because it’s a change. But he reached out and let him know that he was a priority. He’s definitely in his plans. He definitely wants him. As soon as he knows stuff will start to settle down, he’ll come down here ASAP and sit with us and talk so we can talk with him face-to-face and meet him.”

6 comments

  1. I said a couple days ago that the first thing Coach Miller should do is to do all he can to get re-commitments from Durham and Moore. Here I have read that he has already reached out to Durham. I like that and it makes me a little more optimistic about Coach Miller. Now hopefully today he will do the same with Clifton Moore. This seems to be a time when I.U.’s future, with at least 5 of last years team members is in question. So we need top recruits and that should be Coach Millers PRIORITY from today on thru the next several months! In question in my mind is what Hartman, Anunoby, Bryant and Davis are going to do. We need Hartman’s leadership and experienced guards. We need a center that can mature and grow his talents! Bryant did not do that this past season. He needs to step up his maturity! He needs to improve every area of his game and Coach Miller needs to give that a lot of thinking if Bryant is to return. That should be high on Coach’s priority list. Coach Miller must also recruit the players from last season, especially DAVIS. Blackmon needs to build on his worth as a player, in my mind.

    1. Protected,
      Miller did a podcast with ESPN’s Andy Katz and Seth Greenburg yesterday where he said he had been in contact already with all three previous IU signees. Mike had reached out to the Clifton Moore camp but to no reply.

  2. JP, I’m lost on the the scholarship situation. As it stands currently, IU is still oversigned, right? Or, if AM ends up being able to keep all 3 recruits, we’d be oversigned (if no defections)?

    1. DD,
      Correct, IU is currently oversigned by two assuming Hartman doesn’t come back. However, I think it’s pretty clear that there are going to be anywhere from 1-3 pro deflections (wise or unwise) and if you didn’t have at least one transfer, that would be a surprise.

  3. Will Priller have his degree after this semester? Would think it is time to have frank conversation with him. He can get some minutes somewhere D2, D3 level and he has his Indiana degree.

  4. I think Priller had five major concentrations of study…(achieving his BS in the latter).

    Pottery
    Astronomy
    Botany
    Aquatics Therapy
    BS Human Sexuality(Kinsey Institute/Candy Stripes Divisional Program)

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