IU Signee Al Durham Asks For NLI Release

Stu Jackson, Staff Writer
The Hoosier

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Another one of Indiana's signees from the Class of 2017 is prepared to explore other options.

Lilburn (Ga.) Berkmar senior Al Durham has asked for Indiana for a release from his national letter of intent, according to Rivals Basketball Analyst Corey Evans.

Shooting guard

3 STARS

Indiana
Lilburn

RR:

Ht: 6'4.0"

Wt: 175.0

Class: 2017

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POSITION

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NATIONAL

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STATE

Commitment status:

signed

Indiana

Durham was the Hoosiers' first commitment in the Class of 2017, verbally pledging to IU after visiting for Hoosier Hysteria in 2015. That visit was his second unofficial one he had taken to the school prior to his verbal commitment.

With former head coach Tom Crean now gone, though, and no long-standing attachment to the school itself, it makes sense for Durham to consider any potential options. That certainly could still include Indiana - depending on who the eventual hire is.

The Hoosiers do not have to give Moore a release if they choose not to. When a head coach departs the program, usually a new head coach is hired and they then talk with the signees before any additional steps like granting a release are taken.

If IU grants Durham a complete release from his NLI, the NCAA would waive the penalty of sitting out one year of competition. If IU does not grant the release, he can still transfer schools but he would have to sit out a year and would lose a season of eligibility.

While a signee is bound to a NLI, other schools are not allowed to recruit them. So asking for a release can be an effort to reopen a recruitment.

IU has 30 days to respond to the request. It can grant Durham a release, not grant him a release, or simply remove the recruiting ban to allow him to be recruited.

Durham committed to the Hoosiers over offers from Miami, South Florida and Virginia Tech.

With Durham asking for a release, Lincolnshire (Ill.) Stevenson High four-star forward Justin Smith remains as Indiana's lone signee in the Class of 2017.

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