Former Hoosier guard Durham headed to Providence

Senior guard Al Durham became the first of Indiana’s transfer portal entrants to choose a destination Tuesday, announcing he’s headed to Providence.

Of the half-dozen Hoosiers sitting in the portal, Durham was the one most expected to head elsewhere for his fifth season. He went through IU’s Senior Day ceremony in the regular-season home finale. After IU coach Archie Miller was fired, Durham announced he was exploring opportunities elsewhere.

“First, thank you Hoosier Nation for 4 years full of lessons and growth that I will take on my next journey,” Durham posted to social media Tuesday.

That leaves five other IU players still sitting in the transfer portal. Most have expressed a willingness to consider returning once a coaching staff is in place. Monday, IU introduced Knicks assistant coach Mike Woodson as the program’s next head coach.

Woodson said it was his first priority to meet with IU’s players currently in the portal, including starters Armaan Franklin and Race Thompson.

“If I got to plead and beg a little bit to keep them here, I’m going to do that,” Woodson said.

It seems, though, Durham was truly intent on playing his last season elsewhere. Durham provides the Friars with a veteran ballhandler with some deep range on his shot.

The 6-foot-4 native of Lilburn, Ga., was the Hoosiers’ third-leading scorer last season at 11.4 points per contest, hitting 38% of his 3-point shots. He was just 38.8% from the field overall, though, and it took a late hot streak to boost his percentage from beyond the arc.

Durham hit 15-of-27 (55%) from 3-point range in the month of February.

Regardless, Durham leaves IU well-respected, as he was the lone member of Tom Crean’s final recruiting class remaining in Bloomington. Rated as the 230th-best recruit nationally in his class, he finished his IU career as a 1,000-point scorer.

“I would always want to be remembered as one of the hardest workers, for sure,” Durham said earlier this month. “I feel like I worked my behind off for four years.

“Nobody ever gave me anything. Nobody ever said I would be this or would be that. I was always the underdog.”

7 comments

  1. Good luck to him.
    Fantastic representative of the candy stripes. Work ethic like no other. Played his ass off and served as a great teammate. Hope he splashes a ton of nets at Providence.

  2. Is Providence still a strong program? I don’t follow a lot of those east coast schools so I am a bit out of touch. Are they currently set up as a tourney team? Does Al push them over that hump? Seems like a strange direction to go with what I am sure were quite a few options for Al. I figured he would have headed south and a little closer to home.

  3. I could be wrong, but I suspect he chose Providence in large part to continue his education. If memory serves me correctly, he was a very good student while at IU. It’s not likely that he’ll play professional BB, so maybe he genuinely wants to get an advanced degree from another good school.

  4. Yea, I loved his attitude, and his work ethic was second to none. I hope he is very successful and has a great life.

  5. One of the positives the last few years. Maybe the Friars would be interested in the ‘buddy plan’ or a Frank Fritz ‘bundle’.
    RP are you listening? If not, I have a feeling he’ll need to get some tweezers for the extended pine time under the new staff.

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