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Coaching Change: Can Indiana keep its signees?

Keeping a recruiting class intact is difficult after a coaching change. Today we'll pass along the initial reaction of Indiana's three signees.

Indiana signed three players in November.

Can they keep them?

With the firing of coach Tom Crean, that's just one of the big questions facing the program. It's likely that the replacement for Crean won't be known for a couple more weeks. Past history suggests the hire will be made during Final Four week.

And if Indiana is looking to the NBA for its replacement, then the search could conceivably go on longer.

Indiana's fall class is currently bound by their letters of intent (LOI). They cannot go to another school without sitting out until getting a release from that LOI. Upon request, schools generally will release a signee from the LOI after a coaching change, but usually after the signee has had the opportunity to speak to the newly hired coach.

Here's an look at the three signees and what we know about their reaction and game plan following Thursday's news.

Signees

http://www.scout.com/college/indiana/player/211877-clifton-moore

Reaction Quote: "I'm not sure how I'm going to approach things," said Moore this week. "Coach Crean and (assistant) coach (Chuck) Martin were a reason why I chose Indiana."

Notes: Moore is close to Chuck Martin since Martin is an East Coast guy with plenty of ties to the Philadelphia area. Moore had a lot of heavy hitters jumping in on him late and will have plenty of options if he's able to get released from his letter of intent. 

Comments: Moore might be the most valuable to keep in this class. While he may need a year or two of bulking up and seasoning, guys his size with his skill level and athleticism are few and far between. 

http://www.scout.com/player/200833-al-durham?s=170

Reaction: Al Durham's father told our Jeff Rabjohns the following: "Waiting to see who the candidates are, who likely will get the job and go from there.

Notes: Durham Sr. (the father) goes back to high school days with Chuck Martin, so that could play into this decision. Durham Jr. had a solid junior season and should have plenty of options if he opens up from nearby Power Five conference programs.

Comments: It's hard to classify Durham as either a two or point guard but his quickness with the ball and defensive potential could be an immediate asset to the team next season. 

http://www.scout.com/player/196000-justin-smith?s=170

Reaction Quote: Ed Smith, Justin's father: " As you may know, this have been stressful for our family. I will let you know what transpires next."

Notes: Smith could be the best bet to stay with the Hoosiers since he's nearby in Lincolnshire, Illinois. One risk is he's the son of two Illinois grads and you'll have a new coach in Champaign soon.

Comments: Smith may be the most ready to help Indiana next season. He's 6-foot-6 to 6-foot-7 and a tremendous athlete with;college ready strength. Can shoot it well enough to be respected and can steal some minutes at the four spot for the next coach.

Video Comments

The retention of the recruiting class was a topic during a Peegs.com Skype video chat cut earlier today. Here's the recruiting talk portion:


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