In a bit of a surprise move, 2017 combo guard Al Durham took to Twitter to verbally commit to Indiana. As a relatively new recruit on IU's radar, Tom Crean offered Durham while he took an unofficial visit to Bloomington this June. The Indiana staff had closely tracked Durham during the AAU season and continued their recruiting pitch into the summer, coincidentally at the same time his game reached another level.
After his visit, Durham had glowing things to say about Indiana and its basketball program.
"Their coaching staff knows a lot about the game, they care about their players. They've got it down pat. They're great recruiters. It's a great program."... The film session left an impression on the guard. "They showed me film of things I need to work on. They didn't show how good I am and all that stuff and just boost me up. They showed what I needed to work on and how I could get better by coming there." (Source)
Durham can play anywhere from 1-3. With a decent handle and a reliable shot, Durham has worked recently to start using his considerable 6'4" frame to his advantage. That work has shown in recent months, as his stock has risen dramatically over that time frame, all the way up to #100 overall in the class of 2017 rankings for 247 Sports. If he continues on his upward trajectory, Indiana may have landed itself a major piece of their future.
This spring, Durham averaged 12.8 points and 3 rebounds per game in the Nike EYBL circuit. However, his real coming out party came when he went off for 28 points in the Ty Lawson-Victor Oladipo All-American Camp this July. Below are some of those highlights:
Here is bonus video of Durham highlights for Berkmar HS from the 2014-15 season: