Al Durham had his first meeting with new Indiana coach Archie Miller tonight, and the 2017 guard decided to remain signed with the Hoosiers.
Miller met with the Berkmar (GA) guard and his family in their home tonight.
“He basically kept it 100 percent truthful with me,” Durham told Peegs.com. “He let me know where I stood in his system. He let me know where I would fit, how he sees me playing and how he can develop me.
“He let me know his style of play and how he develops his guards.
Durham plans to arrive at IU in June, as he was previously scheduled to do.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I can’t wait to get there and get to work immediately.”
Miller reached out to the Durhams immediately after being hired at Indiana, but this was the first face-to-face meeting between the coach and the 6-foot-4 class of 2017 guard. This was the first day college coaches could visit high school players in person since Miller was hired.
“You get a really good vibe from him,” Durham said. “He’s business oriented. He was genuine, and he got straight to the point. He let me know where I fit in his offense, how his style of play went.
“We already know how great Indiana is. That hasn’t changed. He was family oriented. He treated me like I was one of his recruits.”
Durham initially asked for a release from his letter of intent when Tom Crean was fired, but that was mainly a technicality so options would be available if it potentially wasn’t a fit between player and a new coach.
“Anybody who has been doing this for a while knows there’s uncertainty. You don’t know so you want to know your options,” said Al Durham Sr., also his son’s coach with the Southern Stampede AAU program.
“Archie did a great job of reaching out immediately and contacting us. We talked every day, then he came out here, laid out his plan of how Al fit, and his plan fit perfectly.
“He showed what he did with his guards at Dayton, the system he plays. They showed exactly what he’s getting ready to do and how Al fits.”
The Durhams as a family have been to IU and are very excited to see their son play for the Hoosiers.
“It’s Indiana basketball. And it’s still Indiana basketball and it always was,” Durham Sr. said.
“If you can be a part of something great like that and maybe win a national championship, you want to be a part of that.”
Durham is one of three 2017 IU signess and the first one to re-commit to playing for IU. Miller met with Lincolnshire (IL) forward Justin Smith this afternoon, and the family plans to take some time to digest everything, and Miller is scheduled to meet with Hatboro-Horsham (PA) 6-foot-10 forward Clifton Moore on Sunday.