Duncomb signs letter of intent with IU

Report from Indy Star’s Zach Osterman:

IU added one player on the first day of the early signing period Wednesday, when Cincinnati Moeller center Logan Duncomb inked his letter of intent.

Indiana coach Archie Miller confirmed Duncomb’s signing in a tweet. The Ohio big man has been committed to the Hoosiers since the spring.

“I just felt at home at Indiana,” Duncomb told IndyStar when he committed to the Hoosiers in April. “I like the system they have in place. It’s really similar to what Moeller’s doing right now. … I just liked their campus. I liked their coaching staff and the players they’ve got coming in this year and the year ahead of me.”

A four-star prospect and the No. 63 player in his class, per 247Sports, Duncomb provides depth at a position likely to need it in the near future. Joey Brunk and Trayce Jackson-Davis can both man the five spot for the Hoosiers, but Brunk is a fifth-year graduate transfer, and Jackson-Davis could consider his NBA future after the coming season. Brunk could return for a sixth year if he so chooses, thanks to the NCAA’s decision to grant an extra year of eligibility for all winter-sport athletes amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns.

Listed at 6-9, 235 pounds, Duncomb picked IU over offers from Ohio State, Wisconsin, Xavier, Stanford, Iowa and Cincinnati, among others. He projects as a center in Miller’s system, though he hopes to diversify his offensive repertoire in college.

“Just be able to play inside, do what I’ve been doing in high school, but also being able to spread the floor and shoot 3(-pointers),” Duncomb said in April, talking about the role Miller envisions for him. “Right now in high school, my system, my high school doesn’t really need me to shoot 3s. The majority of the time I’m in the post, but I have the ability to step out.”

IU still has as many as three open scholarships for the 2021-22 season, a number potentially made fluid by the blanket eligibility waiver, should Brunk or senior guard Al Durham wish to return for one more year. Miller also hasn’t been shy about leaving scholarships open already during his time at Indiana.

The Hoosiers remain contenders for Tennessee forward Mason Miller and Washington wing Aminu Mohammed. They were among the final schools for Silver Creek forward Trey Kaufman, who picked Purdue over IU, UNC and Virginia two weeks ago.

11 comments

  1. IU on continued course of be patient trying to develop upside of recruited players including Evansville 5 star point guard recruit.

  2. I think Duncomb will be a solid player. I like his size. But how many other players is Archie expected to sign for this class? Is he saving scholarships for the class of 2022? Maybe it’s just me, but signing only one player on the first day of the early signing period seems a bit strange.

    1. IU Basketball is underperforming on the first day of recruiting. Duncomb is vey good, but IU needs more!

  3. 4 star at 81 per espn. Ok recruit but needs a forward and wing to go with him. Continued loss of recruiting battles and not much in creativity to make up lost recruiting battles plus turnover of current players seems it would make it difficult to improve things. Kinda like running (or walking in place). Because of IU men’s basketball success under Knight it is one of those programs that coaches that followed him were set up to make bunches of money that doesn’t match equivalent success.

  4. There’s still time for Archie to make this recruiting class a good one (by signing Miller or Mohammed), but it’s obvious that the best BB players in this class are not jumping at the chance to sign with IU. The incoming class is a good one, and I thought that would give Archie some momentum, but with Kaufman signing with Purdue and other targets hesitating, maybe I was way off. Being ranked to finish in the bottom half of the Big Ten Conference doesn’t help.

    Anyone have any theories as to why it appears this recruiting class has become a struggle? Or maybe I’m just looking at this the wrong way.

  5. Maybe the investigations and probable sanctions surrounding you’re favorite coach in the world, Sean Miller, is rubbing off on the IU program? That’s one theory.

    Some say apples don’t fall far from trees…Doubt if Archie was ever involved in anything, but it still doesn’t make for good press when your brother is under such scrutiny.

  6. Makes one also wonder about the Justin Smith transfer….to Arkansas of all god-forsaken places a Chicago kid to end up. That one still boggles my mind. I know they’re always respectable and seem to give the Hoosiers fits…but it still boggles the mind.

    With the way Covid-19 is going, who knows if we’ll even have much of a season…?
    Many coaches will get another 3-5 million for scratching their scalps…Life is good for some.

  7. Archie needs to sign Miller, who has said he will announce on Wednesday. If he loses Miller to Creighton, it will be a big loss to an inferior BB school and force Archie to compete for grad transfers to fill the void.

    Anybody believe that our current center will stay for a sixth season in 21/22 or that our star forward will stay in college for a third season?

Comments are closed.