Derby Classic Featuring Indiana Signees To Be Televised On FS2

Jordan Wells, Staff Writer
The Hoosier

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Indiana fans will get a chance to watch two of their signees on television later this month.

Lilburn (Ga.) Berkmar guard three-star Al Durham and Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson four-star forward Justin Smith will both play in the Derby Classic in Louisville on April 15, which will be televised live on FS2.

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The game will also be televised on WDRB in the Louisville area. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at Freedom Hall.

”We’re excited to showcase some of the nation’s top future basketball stars to a national audience on FS2 and FOX Sports GO,” Josh Oakley, FOX Sports Executive Director, Acquisitions and League Operations said in a release. “The Derby Festival Basketball Classic is a great chance for viewers to get the first look at some of the players who are sure to be making headlines in the next years to come.”

Durham has actually asked for a release from his letter of intent to Indiana, but is open to sticking with the school after the Miller hire. He has yet to receive that release.

A source told TheHoosier.com that Miller will meet with Durham on Friday, while the new IU head coach met with Smith and his family on Thursday afternoon.

Durham verbally committed to Indiana on Oct. 26, 2015, a day after he returned home from his campus visit for Hoosier Hysteria. He picked the Hoosiers over early offers from Miami, Virginia Tech and South Florida among others. The 6-4, 175-pound three-star guard averaged over 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists a game as a senior.

Smith was named first team all-state as a junior and second team as a senior after averaging roughly 23 points, 10 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. He picked the Hoosiers over early offers from Wisconsin, Stanford and Illinois among others, and took an official visit to Villanova before making his choice. The 6-6, 200-pound four-star forward is ranked as the No. 107 player nationally.

Tickets are $18 in advance ($20 at the door) and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000.

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