Archie Miller has plans this week to meet with a pair of recruits who have asked Indiana to release them from signed National Letters of Intent.
Miller, announced as IU’s new coach on March 25, has weekend visits lined up with 2017 four-star forward Clifton Moore and three-star guard Al Durham.
In the days following former coach Tom Crean’s dismissal on March 16, both Moore and Durham asked Indiana to release them from the National Letters of Intent they signed in November. IU has not yet released either player, but is expected to do so if Moore and Durham still wish to separate from the school following their meetings with Miller.
Miller said Wednesday that all three members of the signing class, which also includes four-star wing Justin Smith, are 50-50 on whether they’ll stick with IU.
While Moore, Durham and Smith aim to learn about Miller and his approach, Miller is trying to get a feel for them, too.
Miller has seen Durham play on the travel circuit and he knows of Justin Smith through Jalen Brunson, Smith’s former high school teammate. Miller served as an assistant coach on the USA U19 World Championship team that won a gold medal with Brunson in a starring role.
A Philadelphia native, Moore was on the radar of teams in the Atlantic 10, Miller’s former conference while the coach at Dayton.
“These guys are looking at IU as a brand new school now,” Miller said.
As Miller approaches the recruits he inherited, he’s also waiting to see how other roster moves may shake out. As it stands, with all three recruits still signed, IU has 16 players for 13 scholarships.
That includes senior James Blackmon Jr., who has filed the paperwork to declare for the NBA Draft, but is not expected to immediately sign with an agent. Juniors Thomas Bryant and OG Anunoby are also mulling their professional futures.
Collin Hartman’s decision to use his final year of eligibility next season adds another person to the mix. Hartman, who missed last season with a knee injury, has been working out since late February. At the moment, Hartman is able to do non-contact workouts and shooting drills.
Miller is looking forward to working with Hartman for his final year.
“I wouldn’t say I recruited him back, but he was in uncharted waters and ready to get into life,” Miller said. “I think he saw a renewed opportunity to stay with IU awhile. I encouraged him to think about a fresh start and a fresh finish.”
Sports writer Jeremy Price contributed to this story.