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Durham to use extra year at Providence

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Former IU guard announced Tuesday he’s heading to the Big East

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 30 Maui Invitational - Indiana v Providence Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The first of IU’s entrants in the NCAA Transfer Portal has settled on a new destination. For senior guard Al Durham, it’s Providence.

Durham announced Tuesday that he’ll use his extra year of eligibility in the Big East, joining Ed Cooley’s program as a graduate transfer. Of the six Hoosiers to take advantage of the portal over the past two weeks, Durham always appeared to be the most likely to follow through with an exit. He participated in Senior Day last month, and after four years in Bloomington, Durham seemed ready to move on.

“First, Thank you Hoosier nation for 4 years full of lessons and growth that i will take on my next journey,” Durham wrote on Twitter. “With that being said i will be using my 5th year of eligibility and i will be a grad transfer at Providence College.”

The Georgia native averaged a career-best 11.3 points, 2.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 26 games this past season. Durham also shot 38% from 3-point range and posted a team-high 78% mark at the free throw line.

IU is still waiting on decisions from Armaan Franklin, Khristian Lander, Parker Stewart, Race Thompson and Jordan Geronimo, each of whom entered the portal after former coach Archie Miller was fired on March 15.